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February 19, 2013

Authorities say 4 dead in California shooting spree

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — A young man shot a woman to death in a home early Tuesday then went on a spree of carjackings and random shootings across Orange County that left two more people dead and three others wounded before the gunman killed himself, authorities said.

Many more victims were shot at but unhurt, Tustin Lt. Paul Garaven said.

The gunman was only described as being in his 20s, and his motive was not known, according to officials of at least four agencies investigating multiple crime scenes.

It was unclear if the victims knew each other or the shooter, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

“It might have been a random thing,” he said. “We just don’t know.”

The shootings began at 4:45 a.m. when deputies responding to a call found the woman shot multiple times in a house in Ladera Ranch, about 55 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Several shootings occurred in the next hour at other locations.

One involved a carjacking at Interstate 5 and Red Hill Avenue. Police said the victim was uninjured, but an innocent bystander was hit by gunfire and taken to a hospital.

Reports indicated the gunman also opened fire at other vehicles on a freeway.

Later, a pickup truck taken by the carjacker began to run out of gas, so he stopped at State Route 55 and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana, city police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

“He gets out of the vehicle, confronts our victim who is in his BMW, he orders him out of the vehicle, walks him to the side of the curb and executes our victim,” Bertagna said.

The shooter then drove to a Tustin business called Micro Center. A utility-type pickup was carjacked, one person was killed, and another wounded, Garaven said.

Officers located the suspect and followed him into the city of Orange.

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