Breaking News!!: Santa Monica, CA: Deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California.
** Updated at 6:00am PT on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013: **
The community of Santa Monica, California are coming together to remember all the victims in the deadly shooting rampage last Friday that left 5 people dead and changing the lives of many.
Today, Santa Monica College gets ready for graduation services which plans are to have a moment of silence for the victims in last Friday’s deadly shooting rampage.
On Monday, Students at Santa Monica College returned to classes Monday for the first time since Friday’s deadly shooting rampage.
The Santa Monica College campus was dotted with bouquets of flowers, as well as armed officers patrolling the area.
On Monday night, a large group of family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers gather at Santa Monica College to remember the victims and their families.
Over the weekend, Santa Monica Police Department Officials released on Sunday pictures of the gunman entering into the library at Santa Monica shooting rampage and confirmed the identity of the gunman 23 year old John Zawahri.
On Monday, the gunman’s mother Randa Abdou released a statement on Monday expressing “great sadness” for the victims’ families in the deadly shooting rampage which the statement reads:
“As may be assumed, I am in mourning for my family and for those who were also affected by this horrific tragedy over the past few days. I cannot express my great sadness for the families who are also suffering at this terrible time. I do ask the media please give me time to grieve and to come to grips with the overwhelming sorrow that has befallen all of us. Thank you.”
The deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California all began before 12:00pm PT on Friday.
Santa Monica Police Department were called to the 2000 block of Yorkshire Avenue just after 11:52am PT following a report of a shots being fired and a home on fire.
Investigators think a domestic dispute happen at that home believed to be the suspect’s father’s home.
Neighbors heard gunshots and then saw the house engulfed in flames which neighbors called 911.
Investigators think the a domestic dispute at that home believed to be the suspect’s father’s home. Neighbors heard gunshots, and then they saw the house engulfed in flames.
Witnesses seen the gunman outside the home holding an assault rifle.
Upon arriving on scene, authorities located 2 men found dead inside the burned home.
The bodies that the gunman fatally shot were his father identified as 55 year old Samir Zawahri and his brother identified as 24 year old brother Christopher Zawahri.
A third person, identified as a woman, was shot just outside that burned home.
Authorities say 2 bodies, believed to be the suspect’s father and brother, were found inside the burned home.
The gunman then shot and wounded a woman driving by and carjacked another vehicle on Yorkshire Avenue.
The gunman continued shooting his weapon several times in the areas of 20th Street and Pico Boulevard, Cloverfield Boulevard and Pico Boulevard, and 19th Avenue and Pearl Street.
A person was fatally shot at Cloverfield Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard as well as 2 people were confirmed dead near 20th Avenue and Pearl Street.
Authorities say the gunman fired at a transit bus traveling on Cloverfield Boulevard near Pico Boulevard which 3 people suffered minor injuries. A woman and her daughter were also fired upon in their car, but they were not hurt.
A police vehicle who was chasing the gunman was shot at as the gunman started heading closer to Santa Monica College.
As the gunman was getting near the Santa Monica College campus, the gunman firing again and that is when a red Ford Explorer was struck by gunfire.
Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified the person in the red Ford Explorer as 68 year old Carlos Navarro Franco of West Los Angeles, California who was a longtime groundskeeper at Santa Monica College.
Carlos Navarro Franco was killed in the deadly shooting rampage as his red Ford Explorer was hit by gunfire during the shooting spree and crashed into a parking lot wall near 19th Avenue and Pearl Street.
Carlos Navarro Franco’s female passenger was critically wounded and according to Carlos Navarro Franco’s family, that wounded passenger is his daughter and is currently on life support at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
On Sunday, the third victim and Carlos Navarro Franco’s female passenger was identified as 26 year old Marcela Franco who would on Sunday pass away at a hospital.
According to Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang, Marcela Franco passed away with her family by her side.
The family has requested privacy while they grieve the loss of Marcela Franco and her father 68 year old Carlos Navarro Franco, a longtime Santa Monica College groundskeeper, also died during Friday’s deadly shooting rampage.
The gunman entered Santa Monica College campus located on the 1900 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, California where Investigators believe that a woman collecting recyclables was shot outside the school’s library.
On Monday, authorizes identified the fifth victim in the deadly shooting rampage as 68 year old Margarita Gomez who was shot and killed outside the Santa Monica College library as she collected cans which she would donate the money from collecting cans and bottles for members of her church.
Authorities say the gunman was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and was carrying a duffle bag with extra ammunition.
Investigators believe that once the gunman arrived on Santa Monica College campus, the gunman exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers several times then made his way to the library where he began shooting indiscriminately at students who were studying for finals.
Dozens of students inside the library began fleeing the library building.
Students hunkered down inside Santa Monica College library safe room, stacked objects against door, and ducked bullets during the shooting.
According to Santa Monica Police Department Sergeant Richard Lewis, the gunman was, “He heavily armed himself and was ready for battle,” and the gunman fired was estimated at least 70 rounds inside the Santa Monica College library.
A surveillance picture shows suspect entering the Santa Monica College library.
** ABC affiliate KABC Channel 7 has the picture and you can view the picture at the following website address: **
A short time later, the gunman was shot and killed by a responding Santa Monica Police Department Officers.
Santa Monica Police Department Sergeant Richard Lewis said on Friday, “the suspect went into the library. Engaged officers in a firefight. He was fatally wounded or he was shot, taken out of the library, and he expired here on the sidewalk.”
A picture taken by Evan George shows the dead gunman’s body laying on the sidewalk outside the library.
** You can view the picture at the following Evan George (@evanlgeorge) on Twitter website address: **
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A person of interest was questioned by authorities and was subsequently released. Santa Monica Police Department they believe the suspect acted alone.
Santa Monica Police Department Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks confirms that the gunman had connections to burned home on Yorkshire Avenue in Santa Monica, California as well as a home in the Palms, California area and the gunman and a family member had connections to Santa Monica College as student in 2010.
According to Santa Monica Police Department Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, police had contact with the gunman in 2006 when he was juvenile which circumstances of contact was not released.
According to court documents, there was a history of violence in John Zawahri’s family.
According to Santa Monica Police Department, in 2006, John Zawahri was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold after allegedly making threats against other students at his high school.
Former classmates of John Zawahri say he made violent threats while in high school well others say he was a quiet kid and was a “loner.”
The deceased gunman was not immediately identified and the motive behind the shooting remains under investigation.
A 24 hour counseling support hotline is available for students and staff of Santa Monica College at: 1 (866) 315-7370.
Witnesses or other victims to the in the deadly shooting rampage are ask to call: 1 (310) 458–8449.
The university is accepting donations to help support her family.
Donations can be made at the following website address:
Click on “Marcela Franco Memorial.”
Donations are not tax deductible.
To make a donation by mail, please make checks payable to CSUDH Foundation/Marcela Franco Memorial to the following mailing address:
Marcela Franco Memorial,
CSU Dominguez Hills Office of Development
1000 E. Victoria Street., Welch Hall A-425,
Carson, California, 90747
A memorial fund for Carlos Franco has been set up by Santa Monica College.
Donations can be made at the following website address:
You can also make a donation by mail at the following mailing address to:
The Santa Monica College Foundation
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, California, 90405
UCLA Medical Center is also seeking blood donations.
The hospital is encouraging people with Type-O Negative, Type-O Positive and Type-AB blood to please donate.
UCLA Medical Center is located at 757 Westwood Plaza in Los Angeles, California.
** Our thoughts and condolence go out to the family and friends of the victims to the in the deadly shooting rampage and to the people of Santa Monica, California. The national and the globe stand together with you all. **
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