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Seal Beach mass shooting appears to be Orange County's worst

October 12, 2011 |  5:12 pm

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The mass shooting that left eight people dead in Seal Beach on Wednesday appears to be the deadliest in modern Orange County history.

"This could be one of our greatest tragedies," said Seal Beach Police Sgt. Steve Bowles.

Seal Beach saw only one murder between 2005 and 2010.

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The shooting sparked memories of a mass shooting at Cal State Fullerton.

On July 12, 1976, Edward Allaway, a frequent hunter and former Marine, stalked the hallways of the campus library, shooting his victims with a rifle as they hunkered down in offices, ran for their lives or tried to disarm him. He shot nine people, killing seven, before turning himself in to police.

Allaway was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1977.


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Suspect in shooting reportedly wore body armor

Seal Beach witness says of gunman: ‘Anybody he saw he was shooting’

-- Kimi Yoshino and Brady MacDonald

Photo: A Seal Beach police officer tries to calm bystanders near the salon. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times