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Seal Beach shooting: D.A. to seek death penalty

October 14, 2011 | 11:48 am

 

Seal Beach salon shooting
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said on Friday he will seek the death penalty against a man suspected of killing eight people and wounding a ninth after he allegedly opened fire in a Seal Beach beauty salon with two semiautomatic pistols.

Scott Evans Dekraai of Huntington Beach was charged with eight counts of murder with special circumstances, and one count of attempted murder in connection with an  incident Rackaukas described as "a two-minute massacre" inside the Salon Meritage on Pacific Coast Highway.

New details emerged about the worst mass killing in Orange County history during Rackauckas' emotional account of the case.

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"We believe at this point the evidence will show that on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. Dekraai walked into the salon wearing a bullet-proof vest and armed with three firearms, shooting at anyone close enough to hit; he stopped to reload," Rackauckas said. "He shot eight people inside the salon but he was not done. He went outside and shot a man parked in a truck."

"The reason for this rampage: revenge," Rackauckas said.

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Photo: Memorial outside Salon Meritage, the site of the shooting rampage in Seal Beach. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times