Seal Beach shooting: Death toll rises to eight

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Seal Beach shooting: Death toll rises to eight


Seal Beach police said the death toll from the salon shooting has risen to eight people. A ninth victim is in critical condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

"This could be one of our greatest tragedies," Police Sgt. Steve Bowles said.


The gunman opened fire inside the crowded salon Wednesday, littering the shop with bodies. Police said he acted alone, although investigators said they were still scrambling to piece together what triggered such violence.

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Eyewitnesses said that he was targeting his ex-wife and that the two were involved in a custody dispute.


The alleged shooter was apprehended only a few blocks from the Salon Meritage, the Pacific Coast Highway shop that was bustling with customers and stylists when the shooting erupted.


One of the victims was apparently the owner of the salon, Randy Fannin, a relative said.


“Randy is dead,” said the owner’s niece, Tami Scarcella. “Randy is dead for sure.”


A middle-aged Anaheim woman who identified herself as Cindy said she was sitting in the chair getting her hair done by Fannin when a man walked in and started shooting.


“We thought it was maybe firecrackers,” she said. “But he just didn’t stop. Anybody he saw he was shooting.”


“It went boom, boom, boom,” she said, speaking outside the taped-off crime scene. “I was afraid he was going to shoot everybody.”


The afternoon shooting left the normally placid beach town struggling to make sense of the carnage. A policeman spokesman said the shooting had put the city and its small police force on unfamiliar ground.
Bowles said the crime scene was horrific. “There are victims throughout the entire salon," he said.


Witnesses and survivors alike were taken to a nearby apartment complex to settle their nerves. Others milled outside the police lines at the neighborhood shopping center, recounting what had happened.


Marissa Pei said she had been at the gym earlier in the day with a friend before bumping into her again outside the shopping center. She was sobbing.


" ''My friend is dead. My friend is dead,’ ” Pei said the woman told her. “I held her.”


Pei said she also spoke to a man married to someone who was at the salon.


“’My baby. She’s half of me,’ ” Pei recalled him saying. “ 'Please, God, don’t let her be dead.’ ”


Dion Martini, a manicurist at a nearby salon, said: "This is a shock to the whole community. All of us around here have worked together at one time or another."


Martini was busy with a client herself when she heard sirens and helicopters and knew something was wrong. When she learned a shooting had unfolded in a salon much like hers, she struggled to contain her emotions.


"I've been having chills and had to hold back tears," she said. "I just can't imagine anybody being that sick to go in and do that to anybody."


Dr. James Blake, a dentist, was in his 5th street office doing bridge work on a patient, as his hygienists cleaned other patients’ teeth, when he heard what he later learned were gunshots coming from the parking lot outside.


“Then there was a pause and a few more gunshots,” said Blake in an interview with The Times. “I didn’t see the shooter.”


Alarmed, Blake said his staff immediately locked the door to the office until police arrived.


The shooting “definitely was very unexpected” for Seal Beach, said Blake, who’s had his office in the shopping center since 1992.


”When you have somebody who just loses it, you can be anywhere and not be safe,” he said.
 

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Prayers for the families and loved ones. What a sad world we live in. I don't understand people that do this sort of thing, and I guess I'm glad I don't.
 

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Another crazie in California...
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Prosecutor: Revenge was motive in salon massacre
Oct 15,`11 - Prosecutors said it was revenge and a desire to kill his ex-wife that drove a man to go on a deadly shooting rampage at a Southern California salon, leaving eight people dead and another critically wounded.
Shaking with emotion at a news conference Friday, Orange County's top prosecutor Tony Rackauckas vowed to seek the death penalty against the lone suspect Scott Dekraai as details emerged about the grisly scene at Salon Meritage. First, Dekraai wrapped himself in body armor and armed himself with three handguns, prosecutors said. Then, he burst into the salon where his ex-wife worked - their 8-year-old son waiting at his school for one of them to pick him up. Over two minutes, Dekraai moved methodically through the room, shooting his victims in the head and chest. Prosecutors said he wanted revenge against his ex-wife with whom he fought over the custody of their son. "That little boy's a victim," said Rackauckas, pausing to compose himself. "Now his mother has been murdered, and he has to grow up knowing that his dad is a mass-murderer. So what kind of sick, twisted fatherly love might that be?"

Dekraai appeared briefly in court Friday afternoon, where angry friends and relatives of the victims screamed insults. One person shouted, "I hate you." Superior Court Judge Erick L. Larsh ordered a medical review after Dekraai's attorney said his client wasn't getting his needed antipsychotic medication while he is held in jail without bail. Attorney Robert Curtis also said he would likely request that the trial be moved out of the area. Prosecutors often spend time weighing mitigating and extenuating circumstances before deciding to seek the death penalty. Rackackas said he reached his decision in less than 48 hours because there was no reason to look for such factors in this case. "There are some cases that are so depraved, so callous and so malignant that there is only one punishment that might have any chance of fitting the crime," said Rackauckas, the Orange County district attorney.

The crime, the worst in Seal Beach's 96-year history, has shaken the tight-knit seaside city of 24,000 that many residents call Mayberry by the Sea. Until this week, it had only one homicide in four years. The crime reported most often last year was larceny. After a final phone conversation with his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, on Wednesday morning, authorities say, Dekraai drove to Salon Meritage in downtown Seal Beach, where he knew she would be working. During a two-minute span, authorities say, he gunned down eight people in the salon and another outside in the parking lot. One person survived and is hospitalized in critical condition. The wounded person, 73-year-old Harriet Stretz, was having her hair done by her daughter, Laura Lee Elody, who was killed.

As people ran out of the building screaming or hid in adjacent rooms or simply lay on the floor attempting to play dead, the onslaught continued, with Dekraai only stopping to reload. When he was done, the gunman walked out of the salon and, encountering a man in a parked car, shot him to death and drove away. In a 911 call soon after the shooting, a construction worker who was across the street provides a physical description that matches Dekraai's appearance, calling him a large white man who weighs maybe 300 pounds. "He was willing to end any life in his path, and he did," Rackauckas said.

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The strangest part of this is that Scott Dekraai won that custody case. He got full custody, child support, extremely limited visitation by the mother. He wanted revenge on TOP of all that.
 

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Well, isn't this interesting! The murderer's car - check the license plate.



Why didn't you make this part of the OP since it was the entire point of you starting this thread, dickwad?? Rahm would be proud.:thup:
 
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Well, isn't this interesting! The murderer's car - check the license plate.



Why didn't you make this part of the OP since it was the entire point of you starting this thread, dickwad?? Rahm would be proud.:thup:
Umm...because it was just pointed out to me on Daily Kos?

Does your butt hurt now?
 

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