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O.C. shootings: Parents said suspect didn't have girlfriend

February 20, 2013 |  3:14 pm

Investigators are still searching for what prompted a 20-year-old man to kill a woman at his parents' Ladera Ranch home and commit a series of violent carjackings that left two others dead Tuesday.

Authorities used fingerprints to identify Ali Syed's first victim — the woman he allegedly killed at his family's home — but have not released her name pending notification of next of kin, Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said Wednesday afternoon.

It is still unclear why the woman was at the home or what her relationship to Syed might have been, Amormino said. Syed's parents told investigators they did not know of any "girlfriend or any female companion," he said.

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Syed killed two men before fatally shooting himself Tuesday morning in a rampage that rattled Orange County. Three others were wounded.

Little is known about Syed, who authorities said was enrolled in a single class at Saddleback College but had no job or criminal record. He lived with his family at the home, but neighbors said he was rarely seen in the community.

Amormino said no drugs were found at the residence, although toxicology results would determine whether Syed had any illegal substances in his system at the time of the attacks.

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A news conference was scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, when officials were expected to reveal more information.


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