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Seal Beach shooting: Salon owner among six dead

October 12, 2011 |  4:11 pm

Police officials check out the scene in front of Salon Meritage

The owner of Salon Meritage was one of the victims of the Seal Beach shooting that left six people dead and three wounded, his niece said.

Tami Scarcella, 39, said her uncle, Randy Fannin, died in the shooting. He has owned the salon about 10 years.

"Randy is dead," Scarcella said, hugging a friend. "Randy is dead for sure."

Of the salon, Scarcella said, "He loved it."

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Scarcella stood outside the police tape and hugged friend Marissa Pei.

Pei said she had been at the gym earlier in the day with a friend. Both, ironically, had talked about how happy they were.

But a few hours later, Pei said, she saw her friend again. "She saw me and came running across the street, sobbing, 'My friend is dead. My friend is dead,' " Pei said. "I held her."

Pei said she also spoke to a man married to someone who was at the salon.

"'My baby. She's half of me,'" Pei recalled him saying. "'Please, God, don't let her be dead.'"

Photos: Seal Beach shooting

Pei said police led the man to a nearby apartment complex, where victims' relatives were being sequestered.

"He's still praying they got it wrong," Pei said.


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People nearby shooting hid in bathroom

-- Louis Sahagun in Seal Beach

Photo: Police officials check out the scene in front of Salon Meritage. Credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times