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

October 12, 2011 |  4:42 pm

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A woman who was getting her hair done by Meritage Salon's owner, Randy Fannin, said she was sitting in the stylist's chair when a man walked in and started shooting.

The middle-aged Anaheim woman, who would give only her first name as Cindy, said, "We thought it was maybe firecrackers."

"But he just didn't stop. Anybody he saw he was shooting," she said, choking back tears. "It went boom, boom, boom. I was afraid he was going to shoot everybody."

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She said another person in the salon recognized the shooter as the ex-husband of one of the workers.

Cindy said she was in the chair nearest the door and was able to escape. She took shelter in a neighboring business, hiding in a dark bathroom.

On the other side of the police tape, a crowd of onlookers had gathered. The building in which the salon was located is a two-story shopping center with salons, restaurants and other businesses, including ones offering massages and physical therapy.


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Suspect reportedly wore body armor

People nearby shooting hid in bathroom

-- Tony Barboza in Seal Beach

Photo: A police officer escorts a woman away from Salon Meritage. Credit: Luis SInco / Los Angeles Times