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Published: Wednesday, 10/12/2011

6 dead, 3 wounded in California hair salon shooting


SEAL BEACH, Calif. — Six people were killed and three others critically wounded in a shooting Wednesday at a hair salon in the Southern California coastal town of Seal Beach, an Orange County fire official said.

The suspected gunman was arrested by officers from the Seal Beach police department, county fire authority spokesman Marc Stone told Reuters.

The shooting occurred at the Salon Meritage on Pacific Coast Highway. Seal Beach is located about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Details of the shooting, including a motive, were not immediately available, and the dead have not yet been identified as having been customers, employees or bystanders at the salon.

The three critically wounded victims were taken to the Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Stone said.

Local media reports said the gunman was apprehended after fleeing the scene in a car.

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