New York, February 20 (News-Light.com) – A 20-year-old part-time college student was responsible for an hourlong early-morning shooting and carjacking rampage in Orange County on Tuesday that left four dead, including the gunman, the police said.
The man, , began shooting around 4:45 a.m. at the home where he lived with his parents in Ladera Ranch, officials said. He fired multiple times at a young woman in the house, killing her, and fled in his parents’ sport utility vehicle, they said.
Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said the relationship between Mr. Syed and the victim, who was identified only as a woman in her 20s, had not been determined, nor was Mr. Syed’s motive in the killing clear.
But after leaving his parents’ home, Mr. Syed dispensed death and mercy with a baffling randomness, executing some victims with his shotgun while sparing others.
With his parents’ S.U.V. damaged and one tire flat, Mr. Syed parked outside a Denny’s restaurant, where a man in another car noticed Mr. Syed loading his shotgun, according to Chief Scott Jordan of the Tustin Police Department.
As the man drove through the parking lot to escape, the police said, Mr. Syed chased him on foot, shooting at the back of the car and hitting him in the back of the head. The man was later taken to a hospital, where his condition was not released.