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Deadly Santa Monica Shooting Rampage

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Police respond to reports of a shooting on Friday, June 7, 2013.

An alleged gunman was shot and killed by police at Santa Monica College on Friday after killing five people in a series of shootings across the city.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — The man believed to have carried out a deadly shooting rampage across the city of Santa Monica was officially identified by authorities on Sunday as 23-year-old John Zawahri.

The gunman’s father Samir Zawahri, 55, his brother Christopher Zawahri, 24, and three others were killed in the rampage.

Police had been waiting to publicly release the suspect’s name until they reached his mother, who was out of the country when Friday’s shootings unfolded.

Zawahri had a history of mental issues, law enforcement sources close to the investigation revealed Saturday.

He was previously hospitalized for allegedly talking about harming someone, according to the official.

The 23-year-old is believed to have killed five people and wounded four others before officers shot and killed him inside a library on the campus of Santa Monica College.

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Investigators released this surveillance photo of the suspect entering the Santa Monica College library. (Santa Monica Police Department)

“Any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be neutralized at the hands of police, I would say that’s premeditated,” Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said.

Zawahri had more than than 1,300 rounds of ammunition with him during the attack, Seabrooks added.

Back in 2006, Santa Monica police officers were called regarding Zawahri to the Yorkshire Avenue home that was gutted by fire on Friday.

The specifics of the case could not be revealed because Zawahri was a juvenile at the time.

One of the victims killed in the shooting rampage was identified Saturday as 68-year-old Carlos Navarro Franco from West Los Angeles, the Los Angeles county coroner’s office said.

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Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, far left, was one of four victims of the Santa Monica shooting spree on Friday. (Facebook)

Franco was a groundskeeper at Santa Monica College, college president Chui L. Tsang wrote in a Facebook post.

Franco’s daughter, Marcela, 26, was also shot and killed as the two rode together in an SUV to the campus.

She was taken off of life support Sunday morning at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

A memorial fund in Carlos Franco’s name was set up by the SMC Foundation.

For more information on the fund, click on The Carlos Franco Family Memorial Fund.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — Santa Monica College was to remain closed over the weekend, but the school planned to offer counseling services to students and staff members after Friday’s deadly shootings.

Counseling services were made available on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on the school’s Bundy campus, according to Santa Monica police.

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Students are escorted from Santa Monica College with their hands up, Friday, Santa Monica, CA (Courtesy Los Angeles Times)

Counselors were also scheduled to be available on the main campus on weekdays for the rest of the month.

The gunman, whose name had not yet been released, killed at least four people in a series of shootings across the city.

Among the dead was Carlos Navarro Franco, a 68-year-old from West Los Angeles, the L.A. County Coroner’s office reported.

Navarro was a husband and father, a relative told KTLA 5.

At one point Friday, the city’s chief of police had reported a total of seven people dead.

“At this hour, it appears at least a half-dozen are dead and as many as two or three are injured,” Santa Monica Police Department Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Hours later, authorities revised the death toll to a total of five, including the gunman.

Two people were found dead inside a burning home at 2036 Yorkshire Ave., Seabrooks said.

Another victim was killed near Cloverfield and Pico boulevards and another died near 19th and Pearl streets, according to the chief.

The alleged gunman was shot and killed at the college.

The incident began shortly before noon as officials responded to reports of a house fire near the intersection of Kansas and Yorkshire avenues.

The bodies of two men, believed to be the brother and father of the suspected gunman, were found inside the home, according to fire officials.

Neighbors saw the gunman, dressed in all black, firing shots at a vehicle outside the home, witnesses said.

“It was really scary. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Reid Rosson, who witnessed the incident.

Another shooting was reported around 11:55 a.m. when a fully armed man standing on a street corner near Cloverfield and Olympic boulevards fired on multiple vehicles, including a bus, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man then attempted to carjack two vehicles, witnesses said.

One of the attempted carjackings occurred near the campus library and college police station.

The gunman fled to the library, where he was shot and killed by police.

Students and teachers heard the gunfire and took cover.

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE COUNSELING SERVICES SCHEDULE:

Bundy campus on the second floor, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Main campus, starting Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students and employees may also call (866) 315-7370, a 24-hour support hotline or visit the school’s website.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — A gunman walked onto the Santa Monica College campus Friday after killing his father and brother at their home, and then taking the lives of two other people, authorities said.

Neighbors saw the gunman firing shots at a vehicle outside the home, witnesses said.

“It was really scary. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Reid Rosson, who witnessed the incident.

Others who lived near the gunman’s father said the suspected shooter, who has not yet been identified by police, was “strange and odd.”

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An alleged gunman was shot and killed by police at Santa Monica College on Friday after killing at least six people in a series of shootings across the city.
“At this hour, it appears at least a half dozen are dead and as many as two or three are injured,” Santa Monica Police Department Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) A gunman opened fire at an intersection near Santa Monica College, and another shooting was reported on the school’s campus Friday.

Afraid for her son’s life, a Santa Monica woman raced outside as soon as she heard gunfire in her neighborhood. Her son may have been out of harm’s way by then, but the woman found herself face to face with the alleged gunman. She managed to escape and call 911. She then attended to a gunshot victim’s wounds. Christina Pascucci reports from Santa Monica for the KTLA 5 News on Friday, June 7, 2013.

At least six people were killed and four injured during a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, the city’s police chief said at an afternoon news conference. This clip originally aired on the KTLA 5 News on Friday, June 7, 2013.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — An alleged gunman was shot and killed by police at Santa Monica College on Friday after killing at least four people in a series of shootings across the city.

Earlier, the chief of police had reported a total of seven dead.

“At this hour, it appears at least a half-dozen are dead and as many as two or three are injured,” Santa Monica Police Department Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a Friday afternoon news conference.

Hours later, authorities revised the death toll to a total of five, including the gunman.

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Police respond to reports of a shooting on Friday, June 7, 2013.

Two people were found dead inside a burning home at 2036 Yorkshire Ave., Seabrooks said.

Another victim was killed near Cloverfield and Pico boulevards and another died near 19th and Pearl streets, according to the chief.

The alleged gunman was shot and killed at the college.

The incident began shortly before noon Friday as officials responded to reports of a house fire near the intersection of Kansas and Yorkshire avenues.

The bodies of two men, believed to be the brother and father of the suspected gunman, were found inside the home, according to fire officials.

Neighbors saw the gunman, dressed in all black, firing shots at a vehicle outside the home, witnesses said.

“It was really scary. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Reid Rosson, who witnessed the incident.

Another shooting was reported around 11:55 a.m. when a fully armed man standing on a street corner near Cloverfield and Olympic boulevards fired on multiple vehicles, including a bus, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man then attempted to carjack two vehicles, witnesses said.

One of the attempted carjackings occurred near the campus library and college police station.

The gunman fled to the library, where he was shot and killed by police.

Students and teachers heard the gunfire and took cover.

“It’s really scary. We were about to take our final and then we heard gunshots. Then someone came in and said, ‘there’s someone with a gun outside. You guys need to lock yourselves in a classroom.’ Then we just all got on the ground, ” student Alana Hunter said.

“Once I saw people running saying, “this isn’t a drill. This is gunfire,” another student said.  “My heart was pounding. I didn’t know what to do. I had to run into my classroom and tell everyone to stop the final.”

One professor acted quickly to protect his students who were taking a philosophy final.

“Got all our students, pulled them away from the door. We huddled up in a corner so if anyone looked in they wouldn’t see us,” Professor Robert Flores said.

According to police, the gunman was dressed in SWAT gear including a ballistic vest and was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon with multiple rounds of ammunition.

A second person was taken into custody in connection with the shootings, but he was later released.

The incident took place not far from where President Barack Obama’s motorcade passed through Santa Monica.