UPDATE, June 8th, 1:42 p.m.: CNN has a source that says the gunman had previously been hospitalized for mental health issues related to violence against others, though whether he was voluntarily committed, or under what circumstances he was released, remain unknown.
Original post begins below:
During a press conference that began just after 4pm PT, Santa Monica police chief Jacqueline Seabrooks confirmed that at least four people were shot and killed by a suspect who shot people both on and off the Santa Monica College campus. Police engaged the suspect within the Santa Monica College library, killing him on the scene. At least one of the victims died after arriving at a nearby hospital.
Police believe that the assailant killed two people inside a Santa Monica home that was subsequently set on fire, two more on his way to the campus and then two more on the campus itself.
Seabrooks did not identify the suspect but described him as a “male white, 20-25 years of ago, wearing all-black clothing and what appears to be a ballistic vest.” There is an additional “subject of interest” in custody in connection with the shootings. Several eyewitnesses on the scene had reported multiple shooters.
Watch the presser below via CNN:
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