4 were left dead in a shooting spree in Orange County early this morning. On Feb. 19, the New York Times reported that a gunman opened fire just after 5 a.m. in Ladera Ranch, killing a woman. The suspect -- a man believed to be in his 20's -- fled the scene, driving an SUV to Tustin. Around 5:30 a.m., police received a call that shots had been fired there.
According to the report, the suspect drove a little further and then opened fire again, this time claiming another two lives. It is unknown exactly how many people were injured in these shootings and reports suggest that more than four people might be dead.
The 4th person dead in the shooting spree was the gunman himself. Once police caught up to him, he shot himself, leaving behind quite the murderous trail. The gunman has not been identified nor have any of the victims. At this point, there is still an ongoing investigation and police are trying to piece together the tragic morning.
The gunman stayed close to the freeways in Orange County, perhaps thinking that he would be able to make a clean getaway. It is unknown if he was trying to rob people (one incident was referred to as a "carjacking") or if he was just on a crazy killing spree.
Of the 4 dead in the shooting spree, 3 were just innocent bystanders that were in the wrong place at the wrong time. This "random" violence is happening more and more across the United States and many are calling for something to be done about it.
© Effie Orfanides 2013