Seal Beach Shooting
October 13, 2011 by staff
Seal Beach Shooting, Eight people were killed and one seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when a heavily armed gunman wearing body armor opened fire in the lounge of Meritage in Seal Beach, police said.
Shortly after the shooting, a suspect, that the white man had weapons lying on the floor in his white van and guns strapped to his body, was arrested without incident about half a mile from the scene, police and witnesses said.
The alleged murderer was the former spouse of an employee lounge named Michelle, according to the husband of an employee who survived the shooting unharmed after locked in a quarter turn. Another source identified the suspect as Scott DeKraii Long Beach, working in fishing.
The shooting started around 13:20 in the 500 block of Pacific Coast Highway, said police Capt. Bruce McAlpine Los Alamitos.
“We’re not sure at this point if shot from the entry or whether people were killed as they ran for cover, but were killed around the room,” said McAlpine.
One employee, Kathy McGhee, was working in a room when the fire started, according to her husband, Dave McGhee. A customer grabbed her and shut the door behind them, said McGhee. Moments later, someone tried to open the door from the outside, but inside, he said.
“She [Kathy] 911 and then called me,” said McGhee.
The police arrived a minute later, instead of following a truck believed to be the suspect.
Inside the room, authorities found six dead, including the owner Randy Fannin. Another three people-two men and a 73-year-old woman were taken to a trauma hospital, said McAlpine. One of the injured were in a nearby car, although it is unclear if this VICTIMS was shot in the car or have fled there from the living room, police said.
Two of the injured victims have since died, police said, making this the worst mass murder in Orange County history, surpassing a 1976 shooting in the library at Cal State Fullerton.
Jeannie Nagle, a former teammate of Lakewood High School for three of the victims, said K-CAL9 people in the room lying on the floor and pretended to be dead to escape the gunfire.
Police said the motive was under investigation, but McGhee said that the alleged murderer had recently lost a custody battle divorce living with an employee named Michelle.
Nagle said the alleged assailant had warned his wife that he would do something like this. Nagle described him as ex-military and unstable.
The suspect was arrested a half mile away on Central Avenue and 12th Street. A witness who recorded the arrest on his cell phone camera, said K-CAL9 the suspect cooperated and told the officers that there were weapons in the car and could not kneel because of a prosthetic leg.
Starting at 5 pm, investigators were still combing through the vehicle.
The authorities said they were not sure how many weapons were used in the shooting.
“Obviously, a crime of this magnitude is something that is unfamiliar Seal Beach,” said Bowles. “This could be one of our greatest tragedies, and has had a tremendous effect on our small community.”
He added: “On behalf of the Police Department Seal Beach, we express our condolences to all those affected by today’s tragedy. … I would like to assure the community of Long Beach Police Department is working very hard, aggressively and thoroughly investigating the shooting. ”
Interestingly, the shooting took place not far from the recording of TV CSI: Miami.
The real crime scene quickly attracted a huge crowd.
“I was sitting on the beach when I heard the sirens, so I ran to see what was happening,” said Marc Loopesko, who lives across the street from the salon.
About 100 residents, some dressed for the beach and others who ran over his job, was around the block in which the news vans mixed with fire engines. Seal Beach fire truck 44, from three blocks away, was the first on the scene to treat the victims.
The chaos was aggravated by the fact that there are at least three rooms in the mall in the PCH and Fifth Street. Several people frantically around the cordoned-off crime scene trying to figure out if their loved ones were alive.
Seal Beach resident Gary Takacs seen flooding in the area of ??the police on his way to an appointment.
“I saw the police were packed, and I knew that something big was happening,” he said. “My wife knows that the owners very well. Everyone here knows everyone. We’re really a close-knit community – we are all friends and family, and I know we will be doing damage. It is a sleepy little town, and this kinds of things do not happen – except that it happened. just does not seem to be true. “
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