Seal Beach shooting: Suspect had been ordered not to carry guns
Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai was prohibited from having firearms and was ordered to move out of his stepfather’s house in 2007 after the relative complained that he had been verbally and physically attacked, according to court records.
Dekraai, who is being held on suspicion of killing eight people and wounding a ninth when he stormed into a Seal Beach hair salon, was also ordered to stay at least 100 yards from his stepfather, LeRoy J. Hinmon, according to documents for the restraining order.
The order followed an Aug. 19, 2007 incident in which Hinmon said his stepson attacked him in his Seal Beach home while Dekraai's 4-year-old son and two others were present, the records said.
Hinmon said he was left with cuts, bruises and other wounds on his face and arms and that police had to be summoned.
The restraining order also barred Dekraai from having firearms and required him to complete a 52-week batterer intervention program. It expired the next year.
In a separate court document filed in 2007, the alleged gunman told of "harassing and threatening" phone calls made by his ex-wife. The next year, a court order limiting communication between Scott Evans Dekraai and Michelle Fournier -- and limiting her alcohol intake -- was issued.
Fournier was an employee at Salon Meritage, where the shooting took place, and she is believed to be one of the victims. Witnesses said Fournier was the target in Wednesday’s shooting, the deadliest in Orange County history.
In the affidavit, Dekraai detailed an April 11, 2007, incident in which Fournier made "a total of 21 calls to my cellphone, my mother's cellphone and to my family's home phone."
Dekraai stated that he had been living with his parents since a tugboat accident earlier that year, and said that Fournier had told his father, "You are all loony toons. You better all shave your heads because I am going to get social workers and have you all drug tested."
She then said, according to the documents, "Drunk man, drunk man, drunk man," to which his father replied, "Stop harassing us. You belong in a mental hospital."
--Tony Barboza, from Long Beach
Photo: Police officers with Scott Dekraai in Seal Beach on Wednesday. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press