'Please don't kill me,' Seal Beach massacre victim screamed
“You don’t have to do this, please don’t kill me,” Laura Elody called out, according to witness Gordon Gallego, a hairstylist.
Then, Gallego said, he heard a gunshot, perhaps two.
“I heard her take her last breath,” Gallego said.
Testimony before an Orange County grand jury, which ultimately indicted former tugboat crewman Scott Dekraai in the October shooting that left eight dead and one seriously wounded, was unsealed Thursday.
Gallego, who said Elody had pounded on the door before allegedly being confronted by Dekraai, said he had to step over his co-worker’s body when he escaped from the bathroom.
The hairstylist told grand jurors that another co-worker, Michelle Fast, was on the ground, “shaking and convulsing,” apparently fighting for life.
Gallego said he recalled the co-owner of the shop, Sandy Fannin, rushing out of the salon’s color room screaming. Her husband, Randy Fannin, had been shot and was near his workstation, lying on his back, the witness said.
Randy Fannin, Elody and Fast were among those who died in the shooting, the worst mass killing in Orange County history. Dekraai’s ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, also was among those killed.
Gallego testified that Fournier, and a customer whose hair she was washing, were the first ones shot.
“I heard him blurt out, ‘This is what you wanted,’ or ‘This is how you wanted it,’ and started shooting both girls,” Gallego said.
Gallego estimated that Dekraai fired at least 30 shots.
Dekraai has pleaded not guilty.
-- Nicole Santa Cruz
Photo: Days after the shooting at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, mourners continued to drop off flowers. Credit: Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times