Suspect in salon shooting massacre ID’d

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Seal Beach police have identified the suspect in a salon shooting massacre that left eight people dead and one critically wound.

Police Sgt. Steve Bowles says 42-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai of Huntington Beach was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of murder.

Police say Dekraai was stopped by officers about a half-mile away from the shooting scene at Salon Meritage and surrendered without incident.

Friends of the salon owner say Dekraai was the ex-husband of a stylist who worked there.

Police responding to a report of shots fired at the salon found six people dead and three wounded. 2 of the wounded later died at a hospital.

The other person is listed in critical condition.

 

Seal Beach crime scene tape replaced by memorial

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Crime scene tape outside the Seal Beach beauty salon that was turned into a killing zone Wednesday is gone.

A sidewalk shrine to the eight victims started early Thursday with two candles, some pink hibiscus blooms and a handwritten poem called “The Day After.”

A note says the poem is “dedicated to all who lost and a most precious Seal Beach that didn't deserve this carnage.”

Blinds in Salon Meritage's side windows are drawn. Black plastic bags are taped over the front windows and door.

A stream of friends and acquaintances are stopping by.

Local resident Janet Tedesco wept and shook as she talked about her hairdresser. No one could tell her if she survived.

Tedesco says her stylist always worked on Wednesdays and she's worried.

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