[UPDATED with Student-Receptionist-Stripper?] 4 Dead in A.M. Shooting Spree

Updates throughout. The latest is Update No. 8 at the bottom of page 4 with conflicting reports about the female victim's employment.

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ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 19, 8:22 A.M.: Three people were killed and two others were wounded in a 25-minute spree of shootings that began in an upscale Ladera Ranch neighborhood this morning, and then moved near freeways in Tustin before ending with the gunman's apparent suicide in Villa Park.

The first victim was a woman found dead in her home at 5 Red Leaf Lane, Ladera Ranch, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

It is believed that the male gunman then fired on victims as he tried to flee the area by carjacking vehicles starting about 5:30 a.m. around the 5 and 55 freeways, according to the Tustin Police Department.

Closures and police investigations are under way in Tustin: at the 55 freeway and McFadden Street in Tustin, near where a vehicle was carjacked behind a computer store; Edinger Avenue and Del Amo; and El Camino Real and Red Hill Avenue.

Some victims were fatally shot as the gunmen took their cars, while innocent bystanders were also wounded by ammo rounds. One woman reported seeing the man exit an SUV with two large firearms.

The man believed to be the gunman was found driving on the 55 freeway before leading a short chase that ended with him getting out of a vehicle at Villa Park and Wanda roads in Villa Park and taking his own life.

These details are coming fast and furious and are subject to change given the ongoing investigation, so this post will be updated.

UPDATE NO. 1, FEB. 19, 10:38 A.M.: Local law enforcement is not ready to release the identities of the gunman and victims in this morning's chaotic shooting spree, although they do offer hope of having that information for the media at a 2 p.m. press conference.

At a just-concluded press conference by spokesmen from the Tustin and Santa Ana police departments and Orange County Sheriff's Department, the following new details were revealed:

- A shotgun was recovered next to the white male in his 20s who apparently took his own life in Villa Park after the rampage. The spokesmen do not yet know if other weapons were used.

- Each of three carjackings blamed on that suspect involved gunfire. The first victim, near Red Hill Avenue and the 5 freeway in Tustin, is surviving his wounds.

- The second victim, near the southbound 55 freeway and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana, was led at gunpoint out of his BMW and to the curb, then executed in cold blood.

- There were two victims at the next crime scene, which is at Edinger Avenue east of the 55 behind the Micro Center computer store in Tustin. One person died and the second is being treated for gunshot wounds.

- The gunman is believed to fired random rounds at passing motorists either from a parked vehicle alongside the freeways or after getting out of a vehicle. At least three people came forward to say their vehicles had been damaged, and one of them suffered a minor injury. Investigators are encouraging other possible victims to come forward immediately.

- The FBI and California Highway Patrol are also involved in the investigations, which at this point include four dead (including the suspect), two recovering from gunshot wounds and the one person who suffered a minor wound in the random spray of gunfire.

- Authorities hope to have more on the relationship (if any) between the gunman and the woman who was shot to death in Ladera Ranch, what the motive was from the shooting spree and identifications at a 2 p.m. press conference.

- The sheriff's department had received no prior calls to the 5 Red Leaf Lane address in Ladera Ranch. "It's a very quiet community," explained Jim Amormino, the sheriff's spokesman. "It is very rare anything of this nature would happen in that community."

- There are no known children victims.

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poundinpat
poundinpat

this family should be driving camels not cars !!first Sarwat (Ali-babas mom )runs a car off the 405 into a ditch  ,and flees the scene,leaving a 4 year old near death,doesnt even call 911,this is in that black SUV,her son wrecked.If Sarwat would have just pulled over and called 911,it would have been just a tragic accident ,instead of possible prison time for her .

If you are out on bail for 2 Felonies ,are you allowed to have firearms in your house ??I know this is true for domestic violence cases when youre out on bail.I know the gun was the dads/boys,but usually no one in the house can have a gun?????If so someone is in trouble 

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

She was a dancer at Eyecandy, according to her Facebook page. It said it right up top, first thing. Not sure why this remains such an item of confusion.  

How she ended up in Jabba Syed's bedroom is a mystery.  I'm sure the detectives will figure it out when they talk to her coworkers and friends.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Likely a scam escort service. A fellow OGer told me he worked for one as a bodyguard. They go to the house and the girl doesn't put out and they try to charge him anyways. This is probably what Aoki was doing and her bodyguard drove off when he heard the shots. 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

As usual, the white working class bears the brunt of our ridiculous immigration policy, this time with their lives.


metalmot
metalmot

Wow, The OCDA writing it's own laws again. 

metalmot
metalmot

Wow, The OCDA writing it's own laws again. 

ocsurfgirl
ocsurfgirl

" A Sarwat Syed, 42, of Ladera Ranch, was arrested in August 2011 for a hit-and-run crash on the 405 freeway near Laguna Canyon Road the previous June that injured then-4-year-old Ava O'Connor, who was being driven back from Pretend City by a friend's mother. Ava went on to undergo a nine-hour operation to repair her jaw, upper palate, eye sockets and nose, and later recovered at home with a feeding tube, a tracheostomy and 10 plates in her head."

"Syed was arrested after the CHP linked a partial license-plate number with an insurance claim she filed the day after the hit-and-run for damage to her GMC Yukon Denali."

Typical douche bag not taking responsibilty for their actions. Apple didn't fall far from the tree. Effing cowards. 

Case Number: 11HF1960

6/20/201120001(a)/(b)(2) VCFHit and Run with permanent and serious injury

6/20/201112022.7(a) PCFENH-Inflict Great Bodily Harm

02/25/201308:45 AMPre Trial

5/13/201308:45 AMJury Trial



 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Carry (legally) in your car people. When seconds count, police are minutes away. This MAY have been prevented had the carjacked motorists had guns. 

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

The po-po's have identified the first victim, the 20-year old woman that was killed first. Amazingly, nobody in the house knew who she was, and she didn't have ID.

ScepticBoy
ScepticBoy

Gotta wonder if Sheriff stopping issuance of concealed permits doesn't help any... 

fruitcake
fruitcake

Deport his his parents . This pos should burn in hell......

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

As an owner of multiple weapons in the past (.357 Colt Trooper Mk. III; 30.06 Mauser; 12-gauge over-and-under Browning Citori; a couple of .38s), I'll play devil's advocate here ... there are going to be arguments made that if everyone had easy access to a handgun in their vehicle, the above tragic incident would not have lasted anywhere near as long as it did, and fewer people would have died. Conversely, any rational person knows that if everyone DID have easy access to a handgun in their vehicle, there would be far more incidents - when it's easy to whip out a weapon, angry people tend to use it ...

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

"gunman is a white male"

Uh, the OCR has this guy IDed as one Ali Syed. From his photo he looks about as brown as the editor of this fine publication. He's not your traditional white American.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

"where gunshots were heard in the moments around 2 a.m. followed by another ruckus a couple hours later."

WTF? Gunshots in a residential neighborhood usually means half a day of police presence, esp. in a place like Ladera Ranch.

briansays
briansays

while the perp was only in his mid 20's

the first victums offenses and timing of pending court hearing

coupled with the horrific injuries to the little girl

suggest some connection and not a random hit??  

Ph0en1x
Ph0en1x

Nice trolling Rexy. How's that internship at the oc register?

RexyMiller
RexyMiller

The OC Weekly has been mismanaged. Right Wing OC, needed a moderate voice, something just left of center, it took awhile, but it seems the OC Reg may be filling that void. The OC Weekly had a chance to go mainstream, but when Gustavo took over, the OC Weekly focused on trashing the OC GOP by reporting blatant lies and hearsay as facts. As a young liberal, I am very saddend where he's taken this paper. I hope new leadership is brought in ASAP, but it seems too late. Who would want to dig themselves out of that cesspool?

JusticeForAll
JusticeForAll

Why did you feel the need to post a victim's name so soon?  Did you even stop to think that perhaps there are family members that still need to be notified?  I mean, really?  The identity of that poor random victim doesn't really matter to the story, so why disclose it just because one of your writers happened to know the person?


You and Amber should both be ashamed.

Joel Kenyon
Joel Kenyon

Northbound 5 thru Tustin is a parking lot. Avoid it.

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

Saw some of the drama at Red Hill and El Camino this AM,  a suv askew in the lane with doors open, did not look right so I stopped away from intersection, then a white truck with lights off sped from gas station parking lot and ran red light and got on freeway. On cloverleaf from 5 to 55 a white truck stopped in the lane, I floored it and passed on the shoulder, did not see if someone in truck, did hear a gunshot once  I was on the 55.

Even though I got up before 5:00 am, no need for coffee this morning, at least until adrenaline wears off. Tragic. Might seem sick but Oingo Boingo's Nothing Bad ever happens to me reverberating in my head. 

poundinpat
poundinpat

@vegandawg23 I think Ali thought he got to touch the girl ,he didnt realize difference between stripper and escort ,so when she told him that he flipped.

Howd Mr Ali get the $150 to 200 to hire her ,if he had no job or car ?From mom or dad?

poundinpat
poundinpat

@ocsurfgirl OCsurf girl has it correct,the guys mom Sarwat was driving all alone in the car pool lane of the 405 Fwy ,when she swerved wildly into the next lane ,and collided with the car my niece Ava was riding in.My niece Ava and the driver both had serious injuries from being run off the road by Sarwat.

If Sarwat would have stopped and pulled over to report the collision,it would have been just that an accident,but Sarwat never looked back or pulled over.Allegedly she called her insurance company (Geico)7 miles down the road,but didnt call 911 ever.(Perhaps she thought the Gecko would call 911)

Luckily a citizen caught a partial plate of her car ,and the CHP found her when she took the car to be repaired later.Thats the black SUV that was wrecked and ditched on side of the road.that fateful day.

Then she told CHP said she didnt know she caused an accident or who HIT HER(?!)But she knew she was in some kind of accident to want her car repaired.

Sarwat was arrested for 2 FELONIES ,and has hired a high priced attorney,and is denying she ever hit the car my niece was in.For her first court appearance Sarwat wore a pink warm up suit right off the rack from Target,even her attorney was stunned.When youre facing prison time dress in business attire lady.not a track suit.Sarwat never sent a sorry note or expressed any concern over my niece Avas near death experience. 

Funny how karma comes around isnt it !!Unfortunatly your piece of fecal matter son,took out 3 innocent people ,instead of just killing himself .I guess Ali was going to try to have his first sexual encounter that night ,but didnt realize a stripper only dances,no touching allowed,and got mad and blew her head off.

Sarwat and son Ali must have attended the same driving school in the Middle East ,only it was for camels ,not motor vehicles.Please dont repair that black SUV ,its caused enough bloodshed !!



moez
moez

@ocsurfgirl  Could it be that dear old mom was taking the fall for junior's motoring malfeasance?  Now she can fess up that it was her darling young Ali who maimed the little girl.

ocsurfgirl
ocsurfgirl

@JGlantonJust heard Escort/Stripper. I was thinking pregnant girlfriend or prostitute. 

Condolences and prayers to the victims and their family and friends.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@JackGrimshaw Yeah that's why in states that allow loaded carry in cars like Texas, Arizona, Tennessee there's tons of freeway shootings. Wait. No there's not. You're just a born again birdbrain liberal.

poundinpat
poundinpat

@RexyMiller Hey Rexy ,are you sure your not thinking of Pravda???The Reg and The Weekly are miles apart ,and always will be !!The Weekly scoops the Reg all the time 

Theres room for both in OC,no one will ever confuse the 2 of them !!With the declining circulation of both the Reg and LA Times ,both papers will eventually merge and well be stuck with that clusterfxxk as the only newspaper.

If you want to save the Weekly from itself ,become an intern ,and begin to steer the weekly in the direction you want it to go.Or start your own paper 

47percentsolution
47percentsolution

@RexyMillerBwahaha. Wow. And to think, I get this entertainment for free. Thanks a bunch, Rexy. Ya know, although writers of the fantasy/sci-fi genre generally aren't very well remunerated in these parts, I really feel as though you deserve at least a little something, you know, for the EFFORT, you know! I'm on your side, Rexy.

Yo! OC Weekly! At least pay her scale, you capitalist scumbags! She DESERVES it, or something.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@RexyMiller Yeah it's sickening how much liberal bias there is with this paper. Good content otherwise though.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@RexyMiller Wow, talk about a non-sequitur of all non-sequiturs...

JusticeForAll
JusticeForAll

So.....For those of you that didn't catch it, Amber originally replied to my post and said that Hitham Glover's family was aware of his death.  Really?  Because it seems he's now not dead, and that paragraph has been crossed out.

Completely irresponsible journalism.  I hope you get sued.

ocsurfgirl
ocsurfgirl

@poundinpat I'm so sorry that happened to your family. Poor little Ava. I hope they both have full recoveries. There are resources and support available at crime survivors and CalVcp, etc.  

I figured that bitch Sarwat was trying to get out of when I saw the retained attorney and all the hearing dates.    

poundinpat
poundinpat

@moez @ocsurfgirl No it was  Sarwat,not Ali, driving that day when she almost killed my niece Ava on the 405 back in 2011,same vehicle though !!! 4  to 5 eyewitnesses saw  her change lanes without looking and run the car my niece was riding into a ditch.the cheapskate bitch only had bare minimum car insurance coverage $15,000 -30,000,which didnt even cover the first day in ICU for my niece.

Seems like they both went to the same driving school using goats not motor vehicles ,cause neither one of them can drive without crashing !! I hope after Sarwats cases are over the whole family self deports back to Iran or Pakistan ,they will never catch on to the american way of life !!  What guy has to pay for sex at age 20 ??Mr Ali Syed ,good riddance dick      


ocsurfgirl
ocsurfgirl

Possibly, but maybe it was her driving. It sounds like the kid didn't get out much. I don't see OCDA charging her unless they had some evidence that she was driving. (I'm not saying OCDA doesn't ever make mistakes or charge innocent people though!) 

My heart and prayers go out to the victims' families. So sad.

ocsurfgirl
ocsurfgirl

I didn't mean to appear to minimize what happened to Courtney. Poor kid. She did not deserve what happened to her in any way, shape or form. 

My sincerest condolences to her family and friends. So, so sorry for your loss.

47percentsolution
47percentsolution

TX, AZ and TN all have higher per capita murder rates than CA, Einstein. Birdbrain indeed.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@GustavoArellano @RexyMiller Isn't that about word-for-word what you were saying to us at the news meeting yesterday, Gustavo? Including speaking of yourself in the third person. I think Rexy's got the room bugged!

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

@vegandawg23 Not only are your TX and CA totals way low, you're ignoring your initial AZ and TN assertions. Maybe you're used to being wrong, misinformed and stupid 2/3 of the time ...

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

@47percentsolution Murder rates per 100,000 of population  in 2011- Arizona 6.2; Tennessee 5.8; California 4.8; Texas 4.4 ... hmmm.

Lajimmy
Lajimmy

Thats Mitch alright...always thinking about his colon......

JusticeForAll
JusticeForAll

@paullucas714 No, a special kind of asshole is one who writes and publishes an article saying that somebody was murdered when they are actually alive well, needlessly causing psychological trauma to friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and family.

A special kind of asshole is a "journalist" who doesn't verify facts before publishing.

A special kind of asshole is an ex-intern who has a history of writing slanted and misleading articles to support her own personal agenda.

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