NEW: Death revised from 6 to 4; gunman also killed
One man describes the gunman as calm and ''looking around'' for targets
Police have a person of interest in custody, the police chief says
As many as six are slain; gunman also died
[Update 11:55 p.m.]
(CNN) – The gunman who went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California, killed four people, police spokesman St. Richard Lewis said. Authorities said earlier that six had died, but revised the number to four. The gunman was also killed, bringing the total number of deaths to five.
The shooter began his rampage at a residence near the campus of Santa Monica College, opening fire in a house, where police later found two bodies. He then shot at a passing car before carjacking another vehicle, Lewis said. He forced the driver, a woman, to drive onto the college campus. There he shot two people in a passing vehicle. One died at the scene. The gunman also fatally shot someone outside the campus library, where he engaged police in a gunfight, Lewis said. Officers fatally wounded him.
(CNN) – Six people were killed in a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, California, that ended Friday with the gunman clad in tactical gear dead in a college library and a “person of interest” in custody, authorities said.
“We are not convinced 100 percent that the suspect who was killed operated in a solo or alone capacity,” Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks told reporters.
The comments came as police and firefighters searched the sprawling campus of Santa Monica College for other possible victims or shooters. By early evening, authorities declared the campus clear.
The gunman has not been identified by authorities, Seabrooks said. She described him as a white male between the age of 25 and 35, clad in black and wearing what appeared to be a ballistic vest. He carried a semi-automatic assault rifle, she said.
Seabrooks did not identify the person in custody, nor did she explain why authorities wanted to talk with the individual.
At least three people were wounded in the shootings, which authorities believe began with a house fire and gunshots shortly before noon in a residential neighborhood near the college.
Jerry Cunningham was home when she heard the shots, and stepped out onto her porch to see what happened.
She saw the gunman firing at a neighboring house, and then she noticed it was on fire. She saw the gunman carjack a vehicle.
As he was holding the female motorist at gunpoint, the gunman waved another car by, Cunningham said. That driver, also a woman, hesitated for just a moment, and the gunman “fired three shots directly into her and the car,” Cunningham said. The motorist was wounded in the shoulder, she said.
Inside the house, firefighters found the bodies of at least two people, Seabrooks said.
Investigators believe the gunman knew the dead people in the house, but police were unsure of the connection.
The others killed in the rampage were targeted randomly, Seabrooks said.
Investigators did not immediately identify the victims, saying authorities were still making next-of-kin notifications.
It was not immediately clear whether a woman who died from wounds at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center was counted among the six deaths. Another woman wounded in the shooting remains in critical condition, Dr. Marshall Morgan, chief of emergency medicine at the medical center, said Friday evening.
Within minutes of the carjacking, authorities said, the gunman target