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Friday, June 7, 2013

Video and Images from Santa Monica Shooting Spree

The shooting spree in Santa Monica, Calif., on Friday, which left at least six people and the gunman dead, began on Yorkshire Avenue, where the Fire Department responded at 11:52 a.m. to a report of a structure fire, officials said.

Amy Margolis, a D.J. known as Reid Speed who lives in the neighborhood, reported hearing gunshots before she saw flames leap from the house. She captured multiple short videos from the scene.

As Ian Lovett and Adam Nagourney report, officials said multiple people were found dead in the home. They were among at least six victims killed before the gunman died in an exchange of fire at the campus library of nearby Santa Monica College.

According to police officials, the suspect, described as a white male, was seen leaving the house, fully clad in black and carrying an assault rifle. Witnesses reported that he commandeered a car and fired at a driver who did not get out of his way fast enough.

As the gunman made his way west on Pico Boulevard to Santa Monica College, he sprayed bullets at passing cars and a bus, leaving multiple people dead and wounded. He then reached the campus library, where he died in an exchange of gunfire with police.

The city editor of The Los Angeles Times posted a map on Twitter of where the victims were killed.

Tyler Crawford said that he was headed to meet a friend for lunch near the Santa Monica College campus when he saw a blue bus with its rear and side windows shattered by gunfire.

The student newspaper, The Corsair, posted regular Twitter updates on the shootings.

President Obama was attending a Democratic fund-raiser in Santa Monica not far from the shooting spree.