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Video: Eight Killed, 1 Injured in Seal Beach Salon Shooting [Updated]

The suspect has been taken into custody.

[Updated, Oct.13, 9:37 a.m. PDT | The only suspect in the worst mass killing in Orange County's history was identified Thursday as 42-year-old, Scott Evans Dekraai of Huntington Beach.

According to a salon employee, among the dead was Dekraai's ex-wife, hair stylist Michelle Fournier.

Dekraai is scheduled to appear in court Friday.]

People gather crying outside of Salon Meritage.
People gather crying outside of Salon Meritage.

 Eight people were killed and another injured in a shooting at a Seal Beach hair salon Wednesday afternoon.

A former salon employee, Lidie Sosa, told reporters at the scene that the suspect shot and killed his ex-wife. The two were involved in a custody battle over their 7-year-old son, according to Sosa.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired at 1:30 p.m. at the Salon Meritage on the 500 block of the Pacific Coast Highway.

Upon arrival, six people were found dead and three others were injured. The three people injured - two men and a 73-year-old woman - were transported to a local hospital in critical condition, where two of them later died, according to Sgt. Steve Bowles of the Seal Beach Police Department. 

Scott Evans Dekraai, 42. (Seal Beach Police Department)
Scott Evans Dekraai, 42. (Seal Beach Police Department)
An officer observed a man matching a witness description leaving the parking lot in a white pickup truck. 

Bowles confirmed Dekraai was arrested shortly after the shooting "without incident" within a half-mile of the crime scene.

Police do not know if the victims were employees or customers.

The salon owner was among those killed in the attack, Sosa said.

"The only thing I can tell you is [he] is in heaven tonight," Sosa said.

The information provided by Sosa is unconfirmed by the police.

"The salon was busy at the time of the shooting," Bowles said. "Every hair station was occupied."

Bowles told KCAL9 that the suspect was cooperative and did not resist arrest.

"We feel very confident we have the single and only suspect in custody," Sgt. Bowles said.

 

The motive has not been determined and the weapon models remain unknown.

"Obviously a crime of this magnitude is not something the City of Seal Beach is used to," Bowles said.

Streets surrounding the salon have been closed.

Ruth Lynch, a local therapist, is offering free services to the affected community.

"You don't get over something like this, you just get through it," Lynch said.

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