Seal Beach shooting: 'This was not a random act of violence'
Seal Beach officials on Thursday released no new details about the salon shooting that left eight people dead and one injured, but they described it as the "most horrific tragedy in [the city's] history."
More details about the shooting -- as well as the names of the dead -- will be released at a news conference Friday with Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas.
Mayor Pro Tem Gary Miller, acting Police Chief Tim Olson and a police chaplain urged the community to come together to heal. A vigil will be held at 8 p.m. at Salon Meritage on Pacific Coast Highway, the site of the shooting.
"This was not a random act of violence," Olson said. "The suspect knew his intended victim."
Although they did not release any details, court records and friends showed that the suspect Scott Dekraai and his ex-wife, stylist Michelle Fournier, were engaged in a bitter custody dispute over their 8-year-old son.
Fournier was one of those killed, her friends said.
Dekraai is being held at Orange County jail without bail.
-- Louis Sahagun and Lauren Williams in Seal Beach
Photo: A woman cries in front of the flowers and notes at the door of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Thursday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times