Police: Man kills 3, self in shooting spree
A man, believed to be the shooter, lies dead in the street near an Orange County sheriff's vehicle in Villa Park, California.
February 19th, 2013
04:09 PM ET

Police: Man kills 3, self in shooting spree

[Updated at 8:26 p.m. ET] In the middle of a shooting spree that killed three people and unleashed terror on Southern California motorists Tuesday morning, Ali Syed told one of his carjacking victims to walk away, police say.

"Mr. Syed ... said, 'I don't want to hurt you, I killed somebody. Today's my last day. Give me your keys,'" Tustin Police Chief Scott Jordan told reporters.

According to preliminary accounts from police, Syed, 20, didn't intentionally spare another target.

Police say they believe Syed, a part-time college student, fatally shot a woman at his family's Ladera Ranch home before killing two other people - including a senior citizen executed outside his vehicle - and wounding three others as he fired a shotgun at Orange County motorists on the Costa Mesa Freeway and committed three carjackings.

The spree ended when Syed died after he turned his gun on himself as police approached on a road north of Tustin, authorities say.

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  1. deedubya70


    Sent from my Android phone on T-Mobile. America’s first nationwide 4G network.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackberry user

      Yes. It is unbelievable that you sent that message with a lowly android.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred

    Or as the NRA calls him, "A Good Guy With A Gun." Lovely.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RW&B

      @Fred....I can almost assure you he was NOT a "law abiding citizen" so can you explain how this incident has anything to do with the NRA??

      February 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. candi

    wow unreal. misery loves company instead of geting help for himself he would rather kill himself and take as many lives he can. thrrrs other ways to solve your problems.what society pretends to ignore. people around him that knew him probaly see? this coming.why dont people report these sort of things. it can be prevented. if people would take the initative to get him some kind of treatment at a mental clinic. I believe if ge seeked some kind of mental behavioral care the possiblity of this hapening. none. why isnt this available to the public when its all out in the open like a website or number that you call for the other person. because they apparently cant help themselves.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. candi

    this is something that should of never happen. and the worst part was the symptoms he was having was not hard to tell and people interact with him can see this. they should of got him help.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. s kel

    I hope he was an NRA member. One less of them.

    February 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. .

    Jerk! Just take yourself out first without killing innocent people.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    EVERYONE like our "modern day america"? I USED to think gun control would help, BUT, WE do not want that! WE cannot even get our "elected children" to agree to help people with mental problems! Say or think what you want but the power is in the hands of those that have $$$$!

    February 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Why get rattled folks ? This is just gun violence.
    An almost everyday 'event' on our soil.

    February 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Yes@ronvan, viva NRA=$$$$

    February 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hannover

    This was right up the street from my work. Scary stuff. Still haven't heard what the heck set this guy off. And why the hell is everyone running around shooting people lately?

    February 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |