Suspect in O.C. Shooting Rampage Kills 3, Commits Suicide – Jim Nash Reports
ORANGE, Calif. (KTLA) Four people are dead, including the suspected gunman, after shootings in multiple locations in Orange County Tuesday morning.
It all started around 4:45 a.m. when Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to call of shots fired at 5 Red Leaf Lane in Ladera Ranch.
They found a female deceased with multiple gunshot wounds, according to sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.
The relationship between the suspect and the victim was not immediately clear.
The suspect, a male in his 20s, fled in an SUV and then “committed numerous incidents in Santa Ana and Tustin,” Amormino said.
Tustin police received a radio call at about 5:10 a.m. about a man with a gun in the area of Red Hill Avenue and the 5 Freeway, according to Lt. Paul Garavan.
Officers responded and confirmed that a carjacking had occurred. A man was shot and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Police then responded to a carjacking and fatal shooting near the 55 Freeway off-ramp at McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana.
The suspect was driving the vehicle he had taken in the Tustin incident. He got out of the vehicle and confronted a man in a BMW, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
The suspect ordered the man out of the vehicle and walked him to the curb, where he shot and killed him execution-style.
Bertagna said the victim was a Caucasian male, but he did not have any information about the man’s age or identity.
Tustin police then received yet another call about a man with a gun — this time at Edinger and Del Almo avenues in Tustin.
That’s where the suspect shot two men during a carjacking in the parking lot of a Micro Center electronics store.
One of them was pronounced dead at the scene, and the second was transported to the hospital.
Friends told KTLA that the deceased man was named Jeremy, and that he was in his late 20s and worked as a plumber at a construction site across the street from where he was shot.
Tustin police said there were also reports of multiple gunshots fired at passing motorists on the southbound 55 Freeway.
Three victims have come forward so far, according to Garavan. One of them suffered minor injuries, and the other two only had damage to their vehicles.
The chaotic chain of events came to an end shortly after the Edinger incident, when officers spotted the suspect in the stolen vehicle.
The suspect got out of the vehicle at Wanda Road and Katella Avenue in the city of Orange and shot and killed himself.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are involved in the investigation, including the O.C. Sheriff’s Department, Tustin police, Santa Ana police and Orange police.
The FBI is also assisting in the investigation, as is the California Highway Patrol.