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Santa Monica Gunman Carried 1,300 Rounds

June 10, 2013  | 

Surveillance image courtesy of KABC.
Surveillance image courtesy of KABC.
The man who killed five people in a shooting rampage at Santa Monica College Friday before he was killed in a shootout with officers carried more than 1,300 rounds of ammunition during the attack, authorities have said.

During the rampage, 23-year-old John Zawahri carried a bag that contained numerous magazines loaded with .223-caliber ammunition. Authorities also recovered a AR-15 rifle, single-shot cowboy revolver, and upper receiver. He was wearing a non-load bearing vest and knee pads, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

Zawahri, who attended Santa Monica High School, has had a history of mental illness. He has been described by a neighbor as angry.

Authorities continue to investigate what caused Zawahri to go on the rampage that began when he killed his father and older brother and set fire to the father's home, reports CBS News.

Zawahri then went outside and shot a woman who was driving by. He then carjacked another vehicle, ordering the female driver to drive as he rode in the passenger seat, shooting at others on the street, including a bus.

The suspect then shot and killed Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, and his daughter, Marcela, in a Ford Explorer. Marcela died Sunday.

Zahwahri then abandoned the car he was riding in, headed onto campus on foot, and began shooting randomly. One woman in her fifties was struck and killed outside of the library.

Campus officers and Santa Monica PD officers caught up with Zawahri inside the library, where he had opened fire as students studied for their final exams. Officers shot and killed Zawahri. Five people plus the gunman died as a result of Friday's shootings. Students returned to campus today.

Authorities have said there was no indication Zawahri had "subscribed to any extremist ideologies," reports NBC News.

Comments (12)

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Rick @ 6/10/2013 4:01 PM

Ahhh California, where the legislature and governor outlawed the open carry of unloaded firearms in order to make the state safer. Yet, criminals don't follow the law, but they do respect force, whether that force comes from a LEO or an armed citizen. I wonder how many lives would have been saved in this instance alone if CA had CCW laws like TX, FL, VA or AZ?

S. Dexter @ 6/10/2013 4:09 PM

Here comes more stupid gun laws. After all, look how well our suspect here obeyed the existing ones!! Great job to SMPD and their College Police!

ken @ 6/10/2013 4:11 PM

What now, California ... hmmmm ... let's see ... Assault Weapon Ban - Check. Virtual ammunition ban - Check. Magazine capacity ban - check. Open carry ban - check. Gun free school zone - check. Reporting of crazy people so they can't get guns - check. I know ... how about a ban on ... ummm ... a ban on ... uh oh ... there's nothing left to ban!!! And yet this still happens. You can't legislate against insanity. If it WERE possible, then the California Legislature would be, well, BANNED!!! Wasn't it that "insane" person Wayne Lapierre who said "the only thing that stops a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun"? Nah ... that's crazy talk ... more laws limiting firearms is what we need.

When will all you gun grabbers get it? It's not the gun, stupid. We've had guns for hundreds of years without this ridiculous level of violence. As the Virtual President of the United States so clearly recognized, on the plains of the Serengeti when the leopard attacks the gazelle, no one would deny the gazelle the right to use his hoofs and horns in self defense. But the Liberal anti gun agenda logic would be to cut the horns off the gazelle to stop the violence of the leopard. Who's the crazy one again??

Chuck @ 6/10/2013 4:12 PM

Someone with a CCW could have stopped this attack. Hey Frankenstein I hope your happy with all the gun free zones you helped create. Dumb B****

Tom Ret @ 6/10/2013 4:40 PM

They really need to relabel the gun free zones to free fire zones because in essence that is what they are to crazed gunmen.The liberal mind set in Calif will never get it. They will conclude if they only had another law surely they will be safe.

crazed gunmen

[email protected] @ 6/10/2013 10:17 PM

Is it any wonder that these cowards pick schools, churches and theaters, places that are almost guaranteed to be unarmed and unprotected. Kalifornias political groups need to pull their heads out of wherever they stick them and realize their killing the people who pay their wages. Maybe their armed security should be pulled and their addresses open to the public. Blues, Stay Safe.

Bob Pacatte @ 6/11/2013 6:48 AM

We can speculate all we want and make all the laws that we are told we need. It doesn't stop the wacko that gets his inspireation from the medial that sensationalizes these ruthless killings on our campuses.
I realized that the news "must" be reported. Stop the sensationalizing of these types of incidents and we might just see fewer of them. As stated the unarmed groups in schools, churchs and malls are a target rich enviornment for the wacko that wants his 15 minutes of fame.
Media WAKE UP you have responsibility here.

C Emery @ 6/11/2013 9:39 AM

The common thread in these horrific events isn't the guns, it's mental illness, and until they do something to allow these people to show up on "do not sell" lists throught the instant background check system this type of event will continue to happen. I also agree that a couple of armed citizens might have been able to mitigate the damage much sooner than waiting for the police to arrive.

c emery @ 6/11/2013 9:44 AM

My BS meter is twitching; 1,300 rounds of 5.56 represents 43 magazines or so, unless he was carrying them in boxes or loose in a bag. I won't be impressed with the number of rounds unless they are already in magazines. Again, an armed citizen in the right place could have stopped this much sooner.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/11/2013 10:20 AM

California, a state with approx. 38 million people. It does not matter how many gun laws we pass, these people are still going to be able to get a firearm. It is obvious that the shooter in Santa Monica, was mentally ill. The target should be helping people that are mentally ill. Firearm laws are just a small part of the solution.

Troop @ 6/11/2013 4:54 PM

Restrictive CA gun laws really worked! Not.

Jimbo @ 6/13/2013 7:59 AM

1300 ROUNDS??? I can't find ammo anywhere, and he had 1300 rounds? Who was his supplier? I need to place an order!

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