20-year-old gunman identified in California shooting

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Authorities have identified the 20-year-old gunman who killed three people and injured another three Tuesday morning after a 25-minute shooting spree and attempted carjackings that caused freeway sections to shut down in Orange County, California Tuesday morning.

Tustin Police Chief Scott said Ali Syed, a part-time college student at Saddleback College, who gunned down three people, killed himself before officers could arrest him.

Preliminary reports stated Syed, fatally shot a woman at his family’s Ladera Ranch home around 5 a.m. before driving away with an SUV.

Syed then killed two other people, including an elderly man, and injured three others as he got involved in three carjackings.

Two victims were identified as 26-year-old Jeremy Lewis and 69-year-old Melvin Lee Edwards, while the deceased woman in her 20s, who was not related to the suspect, remained unknown.

One carjacking victim told police Syed displayed his weapon and told him to hand over the keys, saying: “I don’t want to hurt you. I just killed somebody and today is my last day.”

Authorities are still investigating the motive for the slayings.

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