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Four Victims, Gunman Killed in Santa Monica Shooting Spree

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By Lookout Staff

June 7, 2013 -- Four people were killed Friday in a shooting rampage that began at a house a dozen blocks from Santa Monica College and ended inside the campus library where the gunman was shot to death by police, said Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks.

Two other victims, both women, were taken to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where one was listed in critical condition and the other in serious condition Thursday night.

Police have not released the identities of the shooter or victims. A motive has not yet been established, but police have determined that the gunman acted alone.

The first two victims were killed near the eastern edge of town inside a house on the 2000 block of Yorkshire Avenue shortly before noon, police said. The house burned.

The gunman, who was dressed in black and wearing what appeared to be a ballistic jacket, then shot and wounded the driver of a car, carjacked a vehicle driven by another woman and headed west along Pico Boulevard towards campus, police said.

The gunman exited the car at Pico and Exposition Boulevard and began firing at a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, said Sgt. Richard Lewis, the Police Department spokesman.

Witnesses said the man walked the length of the bus towards the back shooting out windows. A woman seated at the back was reportedly wounded.

The gunman also fired at vehicles, buildings and a squad car, police said.

The third fatal shooting took place at a campus parking lot at 20th and Pearl streets when the gunman shot the female driver of an SUV as it was leaving the lot, Lewis said.

The driver died at the hospital. Two passengers were wounded when the vehicle crashed through a wall, according to reports.

The suspect, described as a 25 to 30-year-old male, then continued his shooting spree on campus, stopping to eye potential victims, according to witnesses.

Chased by armed officers, the gunman headed toward the campus library where he killed his fourth victim outside the building, Lewis said.

Police chased the gunman, who ran into the library shooting, Lewis said. According to witnesses, students ran or dove under tables.

"The officers came in and directly engaged the suspect, and he was shot and killed on the scene," Seabrooks said.

The gunman and the victim’s body were removed from the library as officers searched the premises for a possible second suspect, Lewis said.

Three other women, who sustained minor injuries, were taken to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, where they were listed in good condition.

According to reports, the back of the gunman’s shirt read “life is a Gamble.”

Santa Monica College’s 38-acre main campus, as well as neighboring schools, were placed on lockdown.

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