Police ID gunman in deadly Santa Monica rampage

23-year-old man killed father, brother and 3 others

6/9/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
This photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows the suspect entering Santa Monica College Library carrying a weapon in Santa Monica, Calif. Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis says Sunday that 23-year-old John Zawahri (zuh-WAH-ree) killed his father and older brother at their home Friday before going on a shooting spree in the streets and at a nearby college.
This photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department shows the suspect entering Santa Monica College Library carrying a weapon in Santa Monica, Calif. Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis says Sunday that 23-year-old John Zawahri (zuh-WAH-ree) killed his father and older brother at their home Friday before going on a shooting spree in the streets and at a nearby college.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Police have identified the gunman who went on a shooting rampage in Southern California that left five people dead.

Zawahri
Zawahri

Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said today that 23-year-old John Zawahri (zuh-WAH-ree) killed his father and older brother at their home Friday before going on a shooting spree in the streets and at a nearby college.

The violence ended after the gunman was shot to death by police in a chaotic scene at the Santa Monica College library.

Authorities did not immediately name the shooter or the two men found dead in the house because next of kin was out of the country and hadn’t been notified.

Lewis said his name was released today after his mother cut her trip short and came back to the country.