Five Killed in CA Rampage; Gunman Had Mental Ills, High-Powered Weapons


A gunman’s rampage that left five victims dead in Santa Monica, Ca., on Friday was a premeditated act by an emotionally troubled person who armed himself with high-powered weapons and may have had up to 1,300 rounds of ammunition, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sources identified the gunman as John Zawahri, 23.

Zawahri reportedly had struggled with his parents’ bitter divorce and had a history of mental issues, the sources said, but they could not be more specific. Santa Monica police said that the department had dealt with the gunman in connection with an incident in 2006 but would not provide details because he was a juvenile at the time. On Friday, his family home was set on fire, and authorities found the gunman’s father, Samir Zawahri, 55, and brother, Chris, 25, dead. Then the gunman cut a sharp, bloody path through normally quiet streets. It ended when Zawahri, who’d been firing a semiautomatic rifle, was shot on the campus of Santa Monica College.

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