California Salon Shooting
October 13, 2011 by staff
California Salon Shooting, A gunman opened fire Wednesday at a busy salon, killing eight people and seriously injuring another, leaving the bodies scattered throughout the business community in a normally sedate Southern California beach.
The gunman, reportedly carrying weapons, left the room and got into a vehicle after the attack.
A police officer arriving at the scene saw the suspect and continued on his way to a kilometer before being arrested and placed under arrest. Police said the suspect told officers he had more guns in his white van. His name was not revealed.
“There may be something that the reason for a relationship with someone in the room, which is our hypothesis,” police Sgt. Steve Bowles said.
Later, Bowles said he could not comment further on the subject.
Kimberly Criswell, who owns a salon two doors down from the scene of the shooting, said he heard gunshots, and her receptionist saw a man through a window like the one shot in a parking lot.
“It was like a pop, pop and my receptionist shouted:” He just shot the man “and we all ran to the bathroom and shut the door,” said Criswell.
The suspect was cooperative when officers arrested him near the lounge, said Bowles.
TV video news showed the man in handcuffs being placed in a patrol car and took him about 2 hours after the shooting.
Previously, police responding to a report of gunfire found six dead and three wounded. Two of the injured died in hospital. The other person was in critical condition.
A wounded man was found outside the building. Do not know if it was the only one who survived.
The police, meanwhile, is still trying to determine the sequence of events.
“We’re not sure at this point if shot from the entrance and people, as they were shot, ran for cover or for shelter, but we have no fatalities in the entire room,” said Bowles to the journalists.
Bowles said the room was occupied at the time.
A former employee of the room, Lidia Sosa, who was at the scene said the attacker had been involved in a bitter divorce from his ex-wife, who worked at the salon. “They were never happy for a long, long time,” said Sosa. “She said he was bitter. I was very bitter.”
Police would not comment on that account.
The New York Times contributed to this report. Southern California police are trying to determine the motive in a shooting that killed six people and seriously injured three others in a beauty salon in the city of Seal Beach.
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