8 killed in Southern California salon shooting
A gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, killing eight people and critically wounding another while leaving bodies scattered throughout the business in a normally sedate California beach community.Updated: Oct 13, 2011 19:46 IST
A gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, killing eight people and critically wounding another while leaving bodies scattered throughout the business in a normally sedate California beach community.
The gunman got into a car and drove away from Salon Meritage after opening fire at about 1.30pm on Wednesday.
He was stopped by officers about a half-mile away and surrendered without incident, said police Sgt Steve Bowles.
His name was not immediately released.
Police were struggling to determine the motive for the killings.
"There may be something to the motive as to a relationship with somebody in the salon, that is our assumption," Bowles said.
Seal Beach has seen just one other homicide in the past four years.
Police responding to a report of shots fired found six people dead and three wounded.
Two of those three died at a hospital. The other person was listed in critical condition.
Bowles said bodies of the victims were scattered throughout the salon, along with two of the wounded.
The other wounded person, a man, was found outside the building. It wasn't clear if he was trying to flee when he was shot or if he was the one survivor.
"We're unsure at this point if he shot from the entrance and people, as they were shot, ran in seeking cover or seeking shelter, but we have fatalities throughout the salon," Bowles told reporters at a news conference outside the business.
"From my observation, it did look like people were seeking shelter at the time," he said.
He said the salon was busy at the time, with every hair-dressing station in operation.
He didn't know what type of weapon was used or if the man used more than one.
Salon employee Lorainne Bruielle, who wasn't working on Wednesday, told the Long Beach Press-Telegram the gunman was the husband of another employee.
Bruielle said she talked to the husband of one of the employees involved, who said one employee locked herself in the salon's facial room and was unharmed while another man locked himself in a bathroom but was wounded.
The suspect was cooperative when officers, following a description of the shooter, stopped him nearby.
He told them he had multiple weapons in his car, Bowles said.