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Seal Beach salon shooting suspect: 'I know what I did'

November 2, 2011 | 11:27 am

Scott Dekraai
The man who shot nine people and killed his ex-wife in a Seal Beach salon massacre drove to the beach that morning, sat on the sand and pondered shooting the woman, according to a search warrant made public this week.

Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, is charged with eight counts of murder in the Oct. 12 shooting, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

According to a police affidavit that outlines an interview with Dekraai, he argued over the phone with his ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, that morning over a custody dispute regarding their 8-year-old son.

Seal Beach salon shooting: The victims

After the argument, Dekraai went to his Huntington Beach home and armed himself with three handguns, magazines, ammunition and a bullet-proof vest. He then drove to Bolsa Chica State Beach where he "sat on the beach and pondered shooting his wife," according to the statement.

He then drove to Salon Meritage, where Fournier worked as a stylist, walked up to her and shot her multiple times.

He then shot a woman identified as "Christy." Dekraai told police she had testified against him in the custody dispute. Christy Wilson was a stylist at the salon and died in the shooting.

Randy Fannin, the owner of the salon, ran up to Dekraai armed with scissors, according to the affidavit. Dekraai shot him at the front doors and told police he then started shooting people at random inside the salon and saw them as "collateral damage."

Dekraai told police he thought he shot "an additional four to five people" before leaving the salon in the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. One victim was seriously wounded but survived.

Before he left, he saw a man, later identified as David Caouette, in a Land Rover parked next to his white Toyota pickup truck. Dekraai told police he thought the man was an off-duty or undercover police officer and thought he was reaching to his floorboard for a weapon, so he shot him.

Dekraai left the salon and was pulled over quickly. He immediately got out of his car and put his hands in the air. When a police officer was placing paper bags over Dekraai's hands to preserve gunshot residue, Dekraai told the officer, "I know what I did."

The affidavit also outlines various witnesses who identified Dekraai as the shooter, including a woman who was having her hair done by Sandy Fannin, Randy's wife and co-owner of the salon. Both escaped.

Dekraai's current wife also told police that she kept a journal of the custody proceedings. Dekraai told police that his son would sometimes come home with bruises on his body and that he had documented the injuries with photographs.

Police also seized seven guns in Dekraai's garage, in addition to three guns found in his truck. There was also $959.05 in cash in the truck.


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Photo: Shooting suspect Scott Dekraai makes his first appearance in Orange County Superior Court earlier this month. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times