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Seal Beach shooting: People nearby hid in bathroom

October 12, 2011 |  3:00 pm


People in nearby businesses said they hid in fear after the shooting broke out at a Seal Beach salon just after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Some cried on their cellphones, looking clearly shaken. About 100 bystanders stood near the strip mall as authorities from at least three police departments descended on Seal Beach, where nine people were shot and six killed at Salon Meritage.

One woman, who declined to give her name, said she was working at a nearby salon when the receptionist told them about the shooting.

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She and about six other people hid in the bathroom about 10 to 15 minutes until they heard that the suspect had been caught.

Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Cypress police were all responding to the shooting. Seal Beach authorities said they had also called in the night crew to help investigate the attack.

Seal Beach is a typically quiet beach town on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties.


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-- Lauren Williams in Seal Beach

Photo: Two women react at the scene where a gunman killed six people in Salon Meritage in Seal Beach. Credit: GIna Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times