As predicted, national coverage of the California rampage killer Ali Syed has been pretty much nonexistent, which is quite strange given the media obsession with guns these days. Forget the networks reporting on it, you need to go to the British press to get even the slightest bit of detailed coverage.
Yet now we discover that much like Newtown killer Adam Lanza, this Syed creep was a loner allegedly obsessed with video games.
A woman who was the first of three people killed in a gunman’s rampage has been identified, but her relationship to the shooter — a videogame-playing loner — remained unknown Wednesday, authorities said.
Courtney Aoki, 20, of Buena Park was shot multiple times early Tuesday in the home that gunman Ali Syed, 20, shared with his parents, said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.
But beyond that, authorities know little about her, including how she got there, her occupation, and how she knew Syed, Amormino said.
Syed, a part-time community college student who ultimately committed suicide, was a loner and a “gamer,” Amormino said.
“He spent a lot of time alone in his room playing video games,” he said.
A 12-gauge shotgun used in the killings belonged to Syed and was purchased by his father, he said.
The rampage began before dawn Tuesday at the home in Ladera Ranch and ended 25 miles to the north during the early morning rush hour, police said.
Syed killed two more people during carjackings, injured at least three more, and shot up cars zooming down a busy freeway interchange before committing suicide with his shotgun as police closed in, authorities said.
The shooter forced one commuter stopped at a stop sign out of his BMW, marched him to a curb and shot him three times from behind as shocked witnesses looked on, Tustin police Chief Scott Jordan said.
The motive for the shootings remained unclear.
Funny, but in many of these mass shootings the media immediately leaps to the conclusion that the killer was a member of the Tea Party. No such speculation this time. Just the motive remains unclear.