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AWOL soldier charged in O.C. shooting that left 1 dead, 2 wounded

An Army soldier who was absent without leave was charged Monday with killing a friend and trying to kill his father and another man in an unprovoked shooting at an Orange County motel last week.

Spc. Steven Matthew LeClaire, 23, was drinking with the victims Thursday in a room at the Cypress Lodge when he allegedly pulled out a weapon and fired multiple rounds, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

He is charged with shooting his father several times in the stomach and back and wounding the other man in the legs, prosecutors said; both survived. The man who was killed was shot in the head and chest.

After the shooting, LeClaire walked outside of the motel room and raised his hands as he surrendered to the manager. He was arrested at the scene, according to authorities.

LeClaire is accused of going AWOL in February from his post in Texas, the district attorney's office said.

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The guy who was killed was my friend Marques Murray ive known him since we were in the 6th grade when we were 13 now that we are 24 hes gone its not fair... ily and rip Marques Murray....Their is going to be a car wash on Saturday to help raise money for Marques's family to help pay for the service. It will be held at imperial burger (Imerial Burger 6201 Lincoln Ave. Buena Park Between Valley View and Holder) on Saturday from 10 am- 4 pm. Anybody that can help donate their time on money would be greatly appreciated. If you can help then please leave a message on his page forget a hold of his parents, Dan Kind or myself. I hope everyone can make it out and donate anything to his family in their time of need. Thanks, hope see you there! http://www.facebook.com/DJ.NUTTIN


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