An early morning shooting spree in Orange County, CA on Feb. 19 has left a violent trail of dead or injured victims at at least five separate crime scenes. Such a terrifying tragedy.
It was a harrowing early morning in the Orange County region of California on Feb. 19, as police reported at least five places where victims had been shot — leaving at least four dead — when a gunman went on a shooting spree that involved carjackings. The horrific ordeal came to an end when the gunman turned his weapon on himself.
The shootings began at 4:45am PST when, responding to a call at a house in Ladera Ranch, deputies found the body of a woman who had been shot multiple times, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.
Shooting Suspect’s Carjacking Spree
Between 5:30am and 5:55am, Tustin police received a multitude of calls about shootings in several different locations. At the first call, at Red Hill Avenue and Interstate 5, police arrived and determined that a carjacking had taken place, with that victim uninjured. An innocent bystander had been hit by gunfire and was taken to a hospital, Tustin police Lt. Paul Garaven said.
The next call came from State Route 55 and McFadden Avenue, where the suspect forced a BMW driver out of the car, before executing the driver, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagana told CBS.
The final call was about a man with a gun, at Edinger Avenue, east of the 55. Upon arriving, an officer found two more victims, one dead and the other wounded. Once officers located the man, they followed him into the city of Orange, Lt. Garaven said.
Orange County Shooter Kills Himself
The suspect pulled into the intersection of Katella Avenue and Wanda Road, where he turned his weapon on himself. “When they stopped [the vehicle], the suspect got out and shot himself,” Lt. Garaven said. The gunman was described as a male in his 20s. A shotgun was recovered in the investigation.
Shooting Spree Motive Unknown
Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti said that it was possible that more people were shot at because some may have chased after the shooter. As of press time, the conditions of those wounded was unknown. The motive for the shootings is still unclear, as is whether any of the victims knew each other or the shooter. “I do not believe any of the victims are related to each other. It might have been a random thing. We just don’t know,” the O.C. Sheriff’s spokesman told the press.
Our thoughts remain with the victims of this scary event, as well as with their family and friends.
— Billy Nilles
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