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Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon

Daylight shooting rampage ranks as the worst mass killing in Orange County's history

Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
A gunman opened fire at a busy hair salon in the Southern California coastal town of Seal Beach on Wednesday in a shooting rampage that left eight people dead and another critically wounded, police said (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, fled the scene in a vehicle and was arrested moments later about a half mile away, Seal Beach police Sergeant Steve Bowles told reporters nearly two hours after the shooting (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
'We feel very confident at this point that we do have the single and only suspect in custody,' Bowles said. 'He appeared cooperative and did not resist our officers at all when he was detained.' (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
The daylight shooting marked a rare outbreak of gun violence for Seal Beach, a quiet Orange County town about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, which Bowles said has gone years at a stretch with 'no homicides, period.' (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
Police investigate a murder scene at Salon Meritage hair salon after a man shot nine people, killing eight of them, on October 12, 2011 in Seal Beach, California (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
The shooting ranks as the worst mass killing in Orange County's history, surpassing the seven killed and two wounded in a shooting by Edward Charles Allaway at Cal State Fullerton in 1976, according to the Orange County Register newspaper (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
Circumstances of the shooting remained murky, and Bowles said detectives were trying to establish a motive for the violence and any link between the gunman and the establishment, called the Salon Meritage (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
A boy looks at a Salon Meritage hair salon. Former salon employee Lidia Sosa, who went to the crime scene when she heard the news, told reporters the gunman shot and killed his ex-wife, with whom he was embroiled in a custody dispute (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
The owner of the shopping center, Henry Morales, said he was told by salon employees that the gunman was the former husband of a hair stylist there (Getty Images)
Eight dead as gunman opens fire in California salon
The county coroner prepares to remove bodies from Salon Meritage hair salon. Of the nine people struck by gunfire, six were declared dead at the scene and three others were taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital with critical injuries, Bowles said. Two of those hospitalized later died of their wounds, he said (Getty Images)