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State and Nation

June 7, 2013

3 dead in shooting, burned home near Calif. campus

— SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were found dead Friday in a burned home, apparent victims of a shooting rampage that killed another person and injured at least five others before the shooter was wounded at nearby Santa Monica College, authorities said.

Police and witnesses said the chaos began shortly before noon when a man dressed in black opened fire on a house in this normally idyllic coastal community, then fired on a car and wounded the driver before taking off in another car.

From there, the chaos moved a few blocks away to Santa Monica College, where witnesses reported vehicles on a street corner being sprayed with gunfire.

Authorities believe at least one shooter, and possibly two, fled from there onto the campus.

What appeared to be a body clad in black could be seen on a sidewalk near an entrance to the school some three hours after the shootings. Police have said a gunman was "down" but haven't confirmed a death.

Several students in the library reported hearing gunfire, and one witness said he heard a woman scream.

The campus was searched for a second shooter, and a man dressed entirely in black, with the words "Life is a Gamble" on the back of his sweatshirt, was seen being taken into custody by law enforcement officers. He did not appear to be wounded.

All of this unfolded about 3 miles from where President Barack Obama was attending a fundraising luncheon.

Three women with gunshot wounds were admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said Dr. Marshall Morgan, the chief of emergency medicine. One died, another was in surgery, and the third was in serious condition but doing well, he said.

Three other women went to UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica with relatively minor injuries, Morgan said. One has shrapnel-type injuries and the two others had injuries not related to gunfire, he said.

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