O.C. shootings: Victim in house ID'd but info not released
The first victim in the shooting rampage that left four dead across Orange County has been identified, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Krause said that officials have identified the woman — who was shot in an upscale Ladera Ranch condo — but will not release her identity until next of kin is notified.
Ali Syed, 20, is believed to have shot the woman and fled the condo, embarking on a carjacking and shooting spree in which he killed a plumber and a businessman during the morning rush hour, authorities said.
Authorities said the gunman killed three people and wounded three others on Tuesday, before being spotted by California Highway Patrol officers.
He pulled off the 55 Freeway and drove several blocks before he got out of the truck he was driving — while it was still in motion — and shot himself in the head with a shotgun.
Authorities earlier said that Syed's family did not know the victim who found in the family's south Orange County home.
Little is known about Syed, who neighbors said was rarely seen in the community. He was a part-time student at Saddleback College, taking a single computer repair course.
Authorities have scheduled a 3 p.m. news conference where they are expected to release details of the alleged gunman and perhaps the identity of the woman he's accused of killing.
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Photo: Orange County sheriff's deputies in Ladera Ranch at the scene of a shooting Tuesday that left one woman dead. Credit: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times