We’d suggest the name Ali Syed was an indication of a motive, but we’re not real reporters, so we won’t speculate until further navel gazing has concluded.
Four people are dead and at least two others wounded in a shooting rampage that led authorities from Ladera Ranch to Orange early Tuesday, authorities said.
One woman was shot and killed in Ladera Ranch, and authorities said the gunman then carjacked three vehicles in and around Tustin.
“I killed someone, today is my last day,” Tustin Police Chief Scott Jordan said the man told one of his victims.
Two people were killed in the carjackings, one shot in what police described as an “execution” at the side of the road. Two others people were wounded before the man suspected in the shootings stopped in Orange, walked out of the car and shot himself with a shotgun.
The gunman was identified by authorities as Ali Syed, a 21-year-old Ladera Ranch man who was student and lived with his parents. His connection to the woman killed in Ladera Ranch, identified only as a woman in her 20s, was unknown, authorities said.
Two of the men killed during the carjackings were also identified by authorities.
What prompted the early-morning shootings was not immediately clear, authorities said, but the deadly chain of events was believed to have started before 4:45 a.m., when a woman was shot multiple times in a Ladera Ranch home on Red Leaf Lane, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
“There’s no indication of a motive,” Jordan said.
Syed is believed to have obtained the shotgun from his home, Amormino said. What the woman was doing in the Ladera Ranch home is not known.
Update: More details here. Sure smells like Sudden Jihadi Syndrome.