Eight killed in Seal Beach salon shooting rampage

SEAL BEACH (CNS) – Gunfire erupted Wednesday afternoon at a hair salon in
Seal Beach, leaving eight people dead, one critically wounded and the alleged
gunman in custody, police said.

The shooting occurred about 1:20 p.m. at Salon Meritage, located in a
shopping center at 500 Pacific Coast Highway.

Six people were found dead throughout the salon, Seal Beach police Sgt.
Steve Bowles said. Three other victims — two men and a 73-year-old woman —
were taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where two of them
subsequently died, he said.

One of the officers who responded to the shots-fired call spotted the
suspect leaving the parking lot, Bowles said. Within minutes, the unidentified
man was arrested without incident about a half-mile from the salon, the
sergeant said, describing the man as cooperative.

“We feel very confident we have the single and only suspect in
custody,” Bowles said.

Bowles said investigators were working to determine a motive, and were
unsure if the suspect had any connection to the salon.

But a former salon employee, Lidia Sosa, told reporters that the
suspect, who she identified as “Scott,” shot and killed his ex-wife. The two
were embroiled in a custody battle, according to Sosa, who went to the crime
scene when she heard the news.

The salon owner was among those killed in the attack, Sosa said.

“The only thing I can tell you is (he) is in heaven tonight,” she said.

Police could not immediately confirm the information.

“To preserve the integrity of this investigation we will not share any
information about the shooter at this point,” Bowles said late this afternoon.

Bowles said victims were found “throughout the entire salon,” and
“there are survivors from inside the salon that escaped without harm.”

“It appears that the salon was busy at the time and it appears almost
every hair station, if you will, was occupied,” he said.

One of the critically wounded survivors was found outside the salon in
the parking lot, Bowles said, while the rest of the victims were located inside
the business.

A weapon was recovered when the suspect was arrested, Bowles said,
adding that the suspect apparently told the officers he had other weapons in
his pickup truck.

Anyone concerned that a loved one was shot was encouraged to call Seal
Beach police at (562) 799-4100, Bowles said.

“Our primary mission now is to support these families,” he said.

Bowles noted that the city has logged multiple years of “zero
homicides. So obviously this is an unusual and tragic situation,” he said.

“This could be one of our greatest tragedies,” Bowles said.

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