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‘Loner’ kills at least four in California shooting spree

AFP-JIJI

A gunman killed three people in California on Tuesday, including at least one execution-style, in a series of shootings and carjackings before taking his own life, police said.

At least two other people were injured as the gunman fired randomly at other vehicles on a freeway before he shot and killed himself near the city of Orange, south of Los Angeles.

The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Ali Syed, who was unemployed, had no criminal record, and was living at home with his parents and taking a class at a local college.

In all there were three murders and five attempted slayings. The motive for the attacks was being probed, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said in an afternoon update on the early morning shootings.

He described Syed as “kind of a loner (who) doesn’t have a lot of friends.”