A chaotic 25-minute shooting spree through Orange County, California, has left a trail of dead and injured victims in a violent spree of carjackings and gunfire, police have said.
Authorities reported at least five places where victims had been shot in the early morning violence – and at least four are dead – including the gunman.
The shootings began at 4:45am when deputies responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in a house in Ladera Ranch, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.
The first call that came in was at Red Hill Avenue and Interstate 5.
Police arrived and determined a carjacking had occurred and that victim was uninjured. An innocent bystander who was hit by gunfire was taken to a hospital, Tustin police Lt Paul Garaven Garaven said.
The last call was about a man with a gun, he said, at Edinger Avenue east of the 55. An officer arrived and found two more victims – one dead and the other injured.
Authorities noted that each of the gunman’s attempts to steal a new vehicle were successful.
But his shooting and stealing spree ran came to an end as officers located the man and followed him into the city of Orange, Garaven said.
The suspect pulled into the intersection of Katella Avenue and Wanda Road, where he shot himself dead.
Tustin police Lt Paul Garaven said: ‘When they stopped [the vehicle], the suspect got out and shot himself.’
The suspect was described only as a male in his 20s. A shotgun was recovered in the police investigation.
The conditions of the wounded victims were unknown.
It is possible more people were shot at because some people may have chased the shooter, Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti said.