Suspect named in Santa Monica rampage that left four dead, one gravely injured
A suspect has been identified in the shooting rampage Friday in various locations around Santa Monica, California that culminated on Santa Monica College Campus and left five people dead.*
One of those dead was the alleged shooter, whom the Los Angeles Times has identified as John Zawahri, citing five law enforcement sources in Los Angeles and Washington. Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a press conference Saturday that the shooter was 23-years-old on Friday, and would have turned 24 on Saturday. She declined to identify him at this point, saying the family had not yet been notified.
The fifth victim, Marcela Franco, a 26-year-old student died Sunday after being gravely injured in the shooting.
Seabrooks described the suspect as “a cowardly murderer.”
The incident began around 11:50 Pacific Time on Friday, at a house near Kansas Avenue and Yorkshire Avenue. Santa Monica Fire Department Chief Scott Ferguson said at the press conference Saturday that the approximately “thousand square foot residence” was “engulfed” in flames. Two bodies were discovered on the preliminary sweep and Ferguson said it was clear at that point that they would not be able to resuscitate the victims.