Death toll in California hair salon shooting rises to 8
Police on Wednesday respond to a shooting at Salon Meritage, a beauty salon in Seal Beach, California.
October 12th, 2011
07:53 PM ET

Death toll in California hair salon shooting rises to 8

[Updated at 7:53 p.m. ET] The death toll in Wednesday's shooting at a Southern California beauty salon rose to eight after the deaths of two people who initially were reported as critically injured, police say.

One wounded victim remains in critical condition, Seal Beach police Sgt. Steve Bowles said.

[Earlier post] Six people are dead and three are in critical condition after a shooting Wednesday at a hair salon in the Southern California community of Seal Beach, Police Sgt. Steve Bowles said.

A suspect, described as a white male, is in custody, he added.

"He was cooperative. He did not provide any resistance to the officers and he was taken into custody," Bowles said.

In addition to the people who were killed and injured, Bowles said, "there were people in the salon who were not shot."

Authorities are investigating what relationship the gunman had with anyone inside the Salon Meritage.

"We don't know if he's related or what his involvement is with the salon," Bowles said.

soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. Phyllis Diller

    Bad hair day?

    October 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mother YaYa

    90 minutes of someone touching my face... I DON"T THINK SO! lol

    October 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IBON4IT

    Meth strikes again.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fanspeed

    lived there for five years in the 80's, nice, upscale beach town, major problems not many burgleries, drunks on main street on sat night about all that happens. Only problem was everyone knew your business small town life. Nice place to live

    October 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kimmie

    What's up with the minorities comments? Did u not read that the shooter was a white male? Geesh!!

    October 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |


      October 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AzHitman

    yeah no minorities are going to wear body armor... they are more likely to wear a life vest instead.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amy

    If hair salons were illegal, there would be no murders in hair salons.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ Audry-Killing another person, murder is not funny. @ Bill-why did you have to make a point of where "all the minorities" live have anything to do with anything! You should be horrified and outraged that ANYONE was murdered, regardless of where they lived! It's horrible! No matter who it was, where it was, or even if happened to be a gang related murder in the worst part of town! It's just gotta stop! *Mary*

    October 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. summerfugl

    Have lived here for 5 years....would have never imagined anything like this would ever happen in this quiet little beach town. As to the previous post, still nice and upscale but not snobby – beach town. And yes, everyone knows your business.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Caruso

    They thought they were going into a salon
    *puts on sunglasses*
    but they ended up in a saloon

    October 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    My condolences to the families of the victims and a hope for a speedy recovery for the injured.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pragmatist

    i thought those tough gun control laws were supposed to prevent this (not)

    October 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Yes, it's very sad.
    WHY did this have to become about race and/or religion, before much was known about the shooting?
    What did it have to do with "rich," unless it was a robbery?

    October 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Toni

    It's really weird how Mmmmm will laugh at people getting killed, and in the breath talk about people getting abortions...hypocrite much? All of you "birther" morons should be ashamed!

    October 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Hey, I know...let's play a fabulous new game!
    Let's all wait for more details before we jump the gun (pun not intended) with all the speculation? Of course, that *is* what we're best at.

    October 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
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