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June 10, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Matt Stevens
The final victim in the Santa Monica College shooting rampage collected recyclables on campus to help "pay the bills," her son said Monday. Margarita Gomez, 68, was identified by officials Monday. She was among six people killed in Friday's 10-minute shooting rampage, which officials said began at gunman John Zawahri's home and ended at the college's library. Gomez was shot outside the library. Zawahri was shot and killed by police. Santa Monica College spokesman Don Girard called Gomez a "neighbor" to the school, stressing that she never broke campus rules and was well-liked by groundskeepers.
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June 15, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Local officials are calling for better systems to identify and treat mental health problems and for stronger gun-control lobbyists and legislation in the wake of last week's rampage that left five dead. Police on Thursday said that John Zawahri, 23, “lived a troubled life and that he experienced mental health challenges. Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said “his mental health challenges likely played a role in his decisions to shoot and kill. " Zawahri's trail of bloodshed June 7 occurred in Santa Monica as he made his way from his father's home on Yorkshire Avenue and along busy Pico Boulevard before storming onto the Santa Monica College campus, where he was fatally wounded by officers in the library.
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June 9, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Santa Monica College officials are offering counseling and an opportunity for students  and staff to retrieve belongings left behind as they rushed to escape Friday's shooting rampage. On the college website officials invited staff and students to attend a gathering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on campus. Therapists will be available all day, and local restaurants are donating food. Belongings left in the library, which the gunman entered, causing many to drop possessions as the they fled, have been tagged and moved to a staging area at 1510 Pico Blvd.  They can be claimed between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. after identification and proof of ownership is provided.  Belongings left elsewhere may be retrieved from the building in which they were left.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
On the six-month anniversary of the school shooting that rocked Newtown, Conn., former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords - who was the victim of a shooting in 2011 - called last week's Santa Monica rampage "eerily reminiscent.” In an opinion piece penned for the Newtown Bee, Giffords and Roxanna Green, whose daughter was killed in the Tucson shooting, called for “common-sense solutions to reduce gun violence.” “Today, we...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Joseph Serna and Howard Blume
Ten harrowing minutes. That's how long it took a lone gunman to cut a deadly path Friday through Santa Monica, starting in a residential neighborhood just south of the 10 Freeway. Before it ended, a mile away at Santa Monica College, five were dead, including the gunman. Another victim was clinging to life Friday night in "very critical" condition, authorities said. Four others had lesser injuries. The incident began in the 2000 block of Yorkshire Avenue, where two victims were found dead after a house fire.
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June 8, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, Richard A. Serrano and Andrew Blankstein
The shooting rampage that left five people dead in Santa Monica on Friday was premeditated, and the gunman had more than than 1,300 rounds of ammunition with him during the attack, police said Saturday. The shootings, which left four victims and the shooter dead, took place on a number of typically quiet streets in Santa Monica around noon and ended on the campus of Santa Monica College. “Any time someone puts on a vest of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be killed at the hands of police,” Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said, “I believe that's premeditated.” The gunman was connected to Santa Monica College as recently as 2010, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano, Andrew Blankstein and Marisa Gerber
The gunman accused of killing four people in a Santa Monica shooting rampage Friday was apparently angry over his parents' divorce and had some mental health issues in the past, a law enforcement source told The Times. The suspect was identified by five law enforcement sources in Washington and Los Angeles as John Zawahri, in his 20s. Other sources with knowledge of the investigation said detectives believe the shooting was sparked by a family dispute of some kind but emphasized that the investigation was still in its early stages.
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June 10, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Friends and family of Carlos and Marcela Franco gathered on Sunday evening to remember a father and daughter who were gunned down during the violent rampage in Santa Monica on Friday. Marcela's aunt Margaret Quinones-Perez said her niece was outgoing and curious. An aspiring clinical psychologist, she was known to greet strangers with a disarming smile and a series of penetrating questions. "To us she was radiant, so beautiful and sassy," Quinones-Perez said She described Carlos Franco as a man who took great pride in providing for his family.
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June 9, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
A woman who was wounded in the Santa Monica shooting rampage last week has been released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hospital officials said. Debra Fine, who suffered four bullet wounds, was released in good condition Saturday evening, the hospital said in a statement Sunday. Fine, in an earlier interview with Fox News from her hospital bed , said she crashed her car and played dead after bullets grazed her shoulder, hoping to avoid further contact with the gunman.
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June 9, 2013 | By Frank Shyong, Angel Jennings and Jean Merl
A fifth victim of the Santa Monica shooting rampage died Sunday as Santa Monica College students and staff tired to cope with the violence and prepared to return to the campus Monday. Student Marcela Franco, 26, died with her family by her side at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica College officials announced. Franco, who had just enrolled at the school for summer classes, and her father, Carlos Navarro Franco, a 68-year-old groundskeeper at the college, were shot while inside the father's SUV in a parking lot on the campus.
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June 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens
The rifle a gunman used to kill five people during a rampage in Santa Monica last week appears to have been modified accommodate large-capacity magazines. During the assault, John Zawahri, 23, had 40 magazines capable of holding 30 rounds each, authorities said. Zawahri fired about 100 shots during his assault, which lasted about 10 minutes, said law enforcement sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing. He fired at passing cars, a bus, pedestrians and police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens
The semiautomatic weapon used in the Santa Monica shooting rampage appears to have been put together from various parts, possibly in an attempt to circumvent the state's restrictions on such guns, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. Although certain types of AR-15-style rifles are banned in California, it's legal to purchase parts used to assemble and customize the guns. Santa Monica police have said John Zawahri, 23, used an AR-15-style gun during the attack and was also carrying a .44-caliber handgun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It was a “perfect storm” of coincidences that led Debra Fine into a quiet neighborhood in Santa Monica last week at the exact moment a gunman set off on a chaotic rampage. A former Disney executive who had quit her job to spend more time with her 15-year-old twins, Fine was headed to record an audition to submit to the Voice. Singing, she said, is her passion. With President Obama in town, and sections of Sepulveda Boulevard blocked off, Fine headed along the side streets off Pico Boulevard.
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June 11, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
On Monday afternoon, three days after the Santa Monica shooting rampage in which John Zawahri killed five people, it was not business as usual at radio station KCRW. Some of the staff has sought out counseling. Others have taken time off work to heal from the shock of being so close to the shoot-out that killed Zawahri on the Santa Monica College campus where the station is located. Friday was the first time in recent history that KCRW has been off the air.  Station general manager Jennifer Ferro emailed a note to listeners on Monday describing how Friday started with a guest DJ set from Radiohead's Thom Yorke and his fellow Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Matt Stevens
The final victim in the Santa Monica College shooting rampage collected recyclables on campus to help "pay the bills," her son said Monday. Margarita Gomez, 68, was identified by officials Monday. She was among six people killed in Friday's 10-minute shooting rampage, which officials said began at gunman John Zawahri's home and ended at the college's library. Gomez was shot outside the library. Zawahri was shot and killed by police. Santa Monica College spokesman Don Girard called Gomez a "neighbor" to the school, stressing that she never broke campus rules and was well-liked by groundskeepers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Jane Walle was among the hundreds of people who gathered Monday night outside the Santa Monica College library to remember the victims of last week's shooting rampage that shook this seaside city. Like the students, staff and neighbors around her, she paced on the concrete until just after 6 p.m., then slowly began the trek to the football field for an hourlong gathering. But just a few steps into her walk, she stopped in front of a makeshift memorial strewn across a patch of asphalt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
On the six-month anniversary of the school shooting that rocked Newtown, Conn., former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords - who was the victim of a shooting in 2011 - called last week's Santa Monica rampage "eerily reminiscent.” In an opinion piece penned for the Newtown Bee, Giffords and Roxanna Green, whose daughter was killed in the Tucson shooting, called for “common-sense solutions to reduce gun violence.” “Today, we...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Friends and family of Carlos and Marcela Franco gathered on Sunday evening to remember a father and daughter who were gunned down during the violent rampage in Santa Monica on Friday. Marcela's aunt Margaret Quinones-Perez said her niece was outgoing and curious. An aspiring clinical psychologist, she was known to greet strangers with a disarming smile and a series of penetrating questions. "To us she was radiant, so beautiful and sassy," Quinones-Perez said She described Carlos Franco as a man who took great pride in providing for his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Margarita Gomez walked the Santa Monica College campus each morning and afternoon, collecting cans and other recyclables to help pay the bills. She didn't have much money, but friends said she regularly saved some of the change she got for her cans and gave to charity. Her apartment was across the street from the school, where she was a familiar face. The 68-year-old usually didn't check the college for recyclables on Fridays, her son said. But she was outside the library the day authorities say John Zawahri carried a semi-automatic rifle onto campus and opened fire, striking Gomez before going inside the building.
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