Surveillance footage shows Santa Monica College shooter John Zawahri, entering the campus library, clearly carrying a large firearm.
He killed four people including his own father and brother.
While John Zawahri fired through the wall, students in the school’s library were able to survive the rampage by stacking items against the door and squatting to the floor.
Carlos Navarro Franco has been identified among the dead. His daughter Marcela, 25, was taken to UCLA Medical Center after her father was fatally wounded and crashed the car he was driving into a wall. She is on life support and in “grim condition”, according to Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline A. Seabrooks who would not confirm the names of any other victims at a 4 p.m. press conference.
John Zawahri, 24, armed with an AR-15, a handgun, and 1,300 rounds of ammunition began the deadly spree by killing his father and brother and setting fire to their Southern California home.
Dressed all in black and carrying a semi-automatic rifle, John Zawahri walked through the Santa Monica College campus – where he was enrolled as a student “as recently as 2010”, according to police – after killing his father, brother and another person, authorities said.
When he entered the library, students were able to run to a “safe room”, where they stacked items against the door and “hunkered down” to avoid the shots that John Zawahri fired at them through a wall.
He would kill a woman outside the library moments later, before dying from police gunfire.
A neighbor described the victim as unemployed, 22, man who lived in the Mar Vista area with his mother.
Sources tell CNN that John Zawahri was hospitalized for mental illness in recent years after allegedly talking about harming others.
It remains unclear if he admitted himself or if he was involuntary placed in the hospital. Also unclear are the exact circumstances of his treatment and the circumstances of his release.
Officials do not believe John Zawahri had any terrorist affiliations, domestic or international.
Jacqueline A. Seabrooks did confirm that John Zawahri had a 2006 run-in with the law but was unable to specify its exact nature, as he was a minor at the time.
Surveillance footage shows Santa Monica College shooter John Zawahri, entering the campus library, clearly carrying a large firearm
Trena Johnson, a longtime administrative assistant working in the dean’s office, looked out the window around noon Friday and saw a man with a “very large gun”.
“We saw a woman get shot in the head,” said Trena Johnson.
“I haven’t been able to stop shaking.”
The violence, which lasted just about 20 minutes, started about mile away when John Zawahri opened fire in front of a house he’d set ablaze.
Two officials said the killings began as a domestic violence incident and the victims in the home were the gunman’s father and brother. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
As the house burst into flames, John Zawahri carjacked a woman at gunpoint and directed her to drive to the college campus, having her stop so he could shoot along the way, police said.
He wounded one woman in a car who was in critical condition late Friday. He fired on a city bus where three women were left with minor injuries. One had shrapnel-type injuries and the two others had injuries not related to gunfire. They were treated at a hospital and released.
The gunman also fired on police cars, bystanders and pedestrians, police said.
From there, the chaos shifted to Santa Monica College, a two-year college with about 34,000 students located among homes and strip malls more than a mile inland from the city’s famous pier, promenade and expansive, sandy beaches.
In a faculty parking lot on the edge of campus, he fired on two people in a red Ford Explorer that crashed through a block wall. The driver was killed, police said, and a passenger was in critical condition after undergoing surgery UCLA Medical Center, doctors said.
College employee Joe Orcutt was in the lot and said he saw the gunman, looking calm and composed.
“He’s just standing there, like he’s modeling for some ammo magazine,” Joe Orcutt said, “seeing who he could shoot, one bullet at a time, like target practice.”
The gunman walked on to campus and shot the woman in front of the library, who appeared to be in her 50s and carried a bag of recyclables, police spokesman Richard Lewis said. She died at the hospital about three hours later.
The gunman went inside the library and kept shooting but apparently hit no one, Jacqueline A. Seabrooks said.
Dozens of students, who had been studying for final exams, ran for the exits.
“I was totally scared to death and I can’t believe it happened so fast,” said Vincent Zhang, a 20-year-old economics major.
Officers entered the library and shot the gunman moments later, Jacqueline A. Seabrooks said. He was carried to a sidewalk, where he was declared dead. His body remained there many hours later as coroner’s investigators examined the scene. His name and the names of his victims’ were being withheld while the coroner’s office notified relatives.
Nine crime scenes were under investigation by officers from 11 different law enforcement agencies, said Richard Lewis.
On the gunman they found a canvas bag that included a rifle, a handgun and magazines of ammunition, Richard Lewis said. A small cache of ammunition found in the house that had burned.
Police had said earlier that seven people were killed, including the gunman, but they revised the death toll to five at a news conference late Friday. Richard Lewis said there were conflicting descriptions of some victims and they were counted twice.
At a press conference Friday night, Sgt. Richard Lewis said that the gunman acted alone, and investigators have released a man who had been detained as a “person of interest”.
New images of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with his arms full of Doritos and Red Bull as he and his brother Tamerlan attempt a getaway after becoming prime terror suspects.
Dressed in a grey hoodie, the surveillance footage is believed to show 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as he enters a gas station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The man following him into the store in the beige cap appears to be 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
In another image, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is seen wearing a beige flat cap pulled low at an ATM machine, withdrawing $800.
Cambridge gas station surveillance images show Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with arms full of Red Bull and Doritos
The card was stolen from a man taken hostage by the alleged terrorists after he was car-jacked last Thursday during the bombers’ desperate but futile plan to escape.
The victim was able to jump out of the car and flee while the alleged terrorists went to buy snacks.
The terrifying sequence of events began when Tamerlan Tsarnaev carjacked a Mercedes SUV car at gun point barely 40 minutes after MIT campus police officer Sean Collier was killed as he sat in his patrol car.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev jumped into the passenger seat of the Mercedes and told the driver: “Did you hear about the Boston explosion… I did that.”
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was caught on a CCTV camera entering an all night garage with his face partially hidden by a grey hooded sweatshirt.
But he left empty handed after his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev hammered on the glass front door of the gas station kiosk saying: “We’ve got to go.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s intervention came after the victim of the carjacking managed to escape and run across to another all night gas station across the street where he pleaded for help.
A Boston Marathon bombing suspect has been arrested and it is believed he will soon be brought to court after a “dark-skinned male” was identified from two separate videos provided to the FBI.
This afternoon, the FBI announced there had been “substantial progress” in the investigation after they analyzed surveillance footage from the Lord and Taylor department store and revealed it showed the person planting the second bomb.
Using that video – and local news footage – authorities were able to get exactly what they have been looking for – someone coming in and dropping a package in a black bag before quickly walking away again.
It is as yet unclear whether a suspect has been located and apprehended or just identified.
It also emerged today that the force of the first blast at the marathon was so strong, the lid of the pressure cooker bomb was found on the sixth-floor roof of a hotel 35 yards away from the explosion site and is now a vital clue in the investigation.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect has been arrested after he was identified from two separate videos provided to the FBI
A guest at the Charlesmark Hotel discovered the crucial piece of evidence just minutes after the blast. He picked up the twisted metal – believing it was a hubcap from a vehicle damaged in the bomb – and gave it to a policeman.
Twenty-four hours later he was quizzed by FBI agents, who revealed the mangled metal was one of biggest clues so far in the search for the terrorists who killed three and injured 183 others.
Hotel owner Mark Hagopian said: “One of the guests had been up on the roof earlier in the day. Immediately after the blast he went back up there and spotted what he thought was a hub cap.
“As it hadn’t been there earlier he thought it could have come from a damaged car, so he picked it up and took it downstairs.
“He handed it to a policeman and thought nothing more of it until the FBI contacted him and hotel manager Curt Butcher on Tuesday evening.
“They met for 35 minutes and the FBI confirmed that it was part of the pressure cooker bomb.”
Mark Hogopian, 50, was hosting a marathon party for 100 people when the first bomb exploded on Monday afternoon.
As guests rushed outside the see what was happening, the second bomb went off just yards from the hotel’s outdoor patio.
“We were knocked off our feet by the blast and all around us there were bodies – seven or eight people missing limbs” Mark Hogopian said.
“There was blood splayed everywhere. It was utter chaos.
“One of the fourth-floor guests went up to the roof to see if he could see what was happening. That’s when he found what he thought was the hubcap.
“He handed it to the cop as everyone was being evacuated – at the time it was feared there were more bombs set to go off.
“Now it turns out that piece of metal is a big piece of the evidence. Apparently, forensics should be able to get many more clues from that.
“The FBI also took away video and photos the guest had taken. They are scouring those for further evidence.”
Surveillance footage taken at a gas station in Prince George’s County, Maryland, reportedly shows the moment a Powerball player discovered he had one of the two winning tickets in the $588 million jackpot.
The video shows a construction or highway worker walking into an Exxon in Prince George’s County and checking his ticket, before punching his fists in celebration.
Two tickets bore the winning numbers in Wednesday night’s draw and while Mark and Cindy Hill, from Dearborn, Missouri, have been identified as the winners of one, the other winner has not yet stepped forward.
Lottery officials announced the ticket was bought at a 4 Sons Food Store in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
The man in the Maryland store footage told fellow customers that he had bought the ticket 2,500 away in Arizona, ABC 7 reported.
Surveillance footage taken at a gas station in Prince George’s County, Maryland, reportedly shows the moment a Powerball player discovered he had one of the two winning tickets in the $588 million jackpot
After walking nonchalantly into the store, he is seen digging into his pockets and pulling out his tickets, which he then checks by the register.
The man, who is dressed in a neon yellow jacket, shakes the paper in disbelief as he matches up the numbers before handing the ticket to the clerk, who tells him the numbers are correct.
He rushes over to other customers to ask them to check and they, too, say he has won.
“And then he said, <<I got to get out of here>>,” employee Freddie Lopez told WJLA.
Witnesses told the channels that the man lives in Maryland, and one customer told WJLA that he heard the man may be in the military.
If he is the lucky ticket holder, he has 180 days to return to Arizona to collect the prize.
Karen Bach, the director of budget, product and communication for the Arizona Lottery, said she is not surprised that the winner has not come forward yet.
“I think that it is important for the winner to be thoughtful and make some plans and then come in and celebrate,” she said.
“So I think it usually takes a little time but you never know.”