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House Fire And Shooting In Santa Monica Leaves Several Dead

At least 5 people are dead following a house fire and shootings near Santa Monica College in California according to law enforcement.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a man who went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica, Calif., began the rampage by killing his father and brother.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman says five people, including the gunman, are dead. Police said earlier that seven people were killed, including the gunman.

Two officials briefed on the investigation say the killings Friday began as a domestic violence incident.


The Corsair

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The area of shooting still active


CBS Los Angeles

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#UPDATE: @MargaretCarrero reports victim saw a man “dressed all in black” w/semiautomatic weapon and a belt full of ammo around waist #SMC

#KTLA witness in neighborhood says she saw heavily armed man leaving scene of the fire in Santa Monica & also shoot a woman in a passing car

— Tara Wallis (@tarawallis)

Tara Wallis

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#KTLA witness in neighborhood says she saw heavily armed man leaving scene of the fire in Santa Monica & also shoot a woman in a passing car

The gunman reportedly then opened fire on street corner, hitting several vehicles, including a public bus.

Bus with bullet holes off Cloverfield and Olympic. @Venice311

— Tyler Crawford (@TyCrawf)

Tyler Crawford

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Bus with bullet holes off Cloverfield and Olympic. @Venice311

10. The aftermath of the house fire was captured by someone on Vine:

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17. The Vines were filmed at point B. Santa Monica College is at point A, about a mile away.

President Obama spoke in Santa Monica earlier today, about three miles from where the shots were fired. Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama “will motorcade back to the Los Angeles airport to avoid any impact on the ongoing local response to the shooting in the area.”

Update: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:44 p.m. ET:

BREAKING: Santa Monica fire official says 2 men dead in burned home near shooting scene outside college.

— The Associated Press (@AP)

The Associated Press

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BREAKING: Santa Monica fire official says 2 men dead in burned home near shooting scene outside college.

BREAKING. @CBSNews Correspondent Carter Evans says the Santa Monica shooting suspect is dead.

— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS)

Charlie Kaye

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BREAKING. @CBSNews Correspondent Carter Evans says the Santa Monica shooting suspect is dead.

Update: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 11:38 p.m. ET:

23. Santa Monica College: All main campus activities have been canceled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

BREAKING: Santa Monica gunman's brother, father believed to be first victims, police say (@LANow)

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews)

BuzzFeed News

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BREAKING: Santa Monica gunman’s brother, father believed to be first victims, police say (@LANow)

BREAKING: Santa Monica PD now say 5 people killed, including gunman.

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews)

BuzzFeed News

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BREAKING: Santa Monica PD now say 5 people killed, including gunman.

#BREAKING The "person of interest" Santa Monica Police were questioning in the rampage shooting has been released.

— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA)

CBS Los Angeles

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#BREAKING The “person of interest” Santa Monica Police were questioning in the rampage shooting has been released.

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