4 Dead In Shooting Spree: Did Killer Know Tustin Carjacking Victims? [VIDEO & PHOTOS]
As "4 dead in shooting spree" started to trend earlier today, readers found it difficult to digest the gruesome details. Early Feb. 19, a young man shot a woman to death. He then went on a tangent of carjackings and shootings that left two more people dead and three others wounded. The gunman then turned his gun on himself and committed suicide.
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At the time, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino has said that it is unclear if the victims knew each other or the shooter. The shootings started around 4:45 a.m. A carjacking took place close to Interstate 5, with the victim ending up uninjured but a bystander shot and taken to a hospital.
A little later, once the carjacker's vehicle began to run out of gas, he got out of the pickup truck and carjacks again. According to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, the as-of-yet unidentified man confronted a BMW driver, ordered him to get out of the car and proceeded to execute him.
The shooter then carjacked once more at a Micro Center in Tustin, where one person was killed and another wounded. Police officers tailed him to the city of Orange, where he eventually exited the vehicle and killed himself. A shotgun was recovered at the scene.
Lieutenant Paul Garavan of Tustin asserted that there are many more victims who were shot at but unhurt. He also claims that the suspect in question is a male, although an age could not be confirmed. The sexes of all the victims are unknown.
To understand the 4 dead in shooting spree, authorities are processing a total of six crime scenes. Motives for the shootings and carjackings are unclear, as are if the victims knew each other or the shooter.
"I do not believe any of the victims are related to each other. It might have been a random thing. We just don't know," O.C. Sheriff's spokesman Dave Kanoti told the press.
This comes as a shock for California, who recently experienced another seemingly senseless act of gun violence at a family's vacation cabin in Big Bear Lake, Calif. Fugitive Christopher Dorner infamously had a stand-off with the Los Angeles Police Department that included heavy gunfire.
The altercation ended when Dorner allegedly shot himself from inside the cabin right before the cabin mysteriously caught on fire and burned to the ground.
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