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Six people shot, four dead, including gunman in Orange County shooting spree

Published On: Feb 19 2013 09:36:56 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 19 2013 02:00:00 PM CST

Police investigate scene after several shots were fired in Tustin.

TUSTIN, Calif. -

Six people were shot today in Tustin, Ladera Ranch and Orange this morning, four of them fatally, including the suspected shooter, law enforcement officials said.    

The shooter was identified as 20-year-old part-time student Ali Syed.

A preliminary investigation indicates the suspect who shot the others died in the city of Orange, said Tustin police Lt. Paul Garaven.

The case involved an attempted carjacking, he said.

"There are multiple crime scenes throughout Tustin and the surrounding areas," he said. Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said there were a total of six shooting scenes.    

Four people were shot in Tustin, Garaven said. The shootings occurred about 5:20 a.m., he said.

At least two people were transported to nearby hospitals, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.    

A woman was shot and killed in Ladera Ranch, and the suspect, described then as a man in his 20s, was "not a threat to the community," Amormino said.    

The other shootings:
      -- A person was fatally shot at the McFadden offramp from the southbound Costa Mesa (55) Freeway, Garaven said.
      -- A shooting on Edinger Avenue east of the 55 Freeway left one person
dead and another person wounded, Garaven said.
      -- A shooting at Red Hill Avenue and the Santa Ana (5) Freeway left a
person wounded, Garaven said.