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Seal Beach shooting: ‘This coward will be brought to justice’

October 14, 2011 | 11:56 am


Scott Dekraai
The suspect in the Seal Beach salon shootings is a "coward," authorities said repeatedly during a media conference Friday to announce that they would seek the death penalty in the rampage that left eight people dead.

"Scott Dekraai is a coward," Seal Beach Police Department Capt. Tim Olson said. "He armed himself with three handguns and wore body armor because he did not want to be shot by police."

After the two-minute shooting spree -– in which Dekraai's ex-wife and seven other people were killed –- he was apprehended within 30 seconds.

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"He surrendered because he did not want confrontation," Olson said.

"The coward has left children without parents, parents without children … and many of us without dear friends. This coward will be brought to justice."

Authorities said Dekraai used at least two of the weapons. They also said that Dekraai's ex-wife Michelle Fournier, the intended target, was one of the first killed.


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Photo: Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai was arrested moments after Wednesday's shooting rampage. Credit: Reed Saxon / Los Angeles Times