TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — A shooting spree early Tuesday left three people dead and two others injured in Orange County, and the search for the gunman ended when he shot himself to death in a stolen car as police closed in, authorities said.
There were multiple crime scenes in Tustin and Orange and many more victims who were shot at but unhurt, said Tustin Lt. Paul Garaven.
The shootings began at 4:45 a.m. when deputies responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in a house in Ladera Ranch, said Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The city is in the southern part of the suburban county about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.
From 5:30 a.m. to 5:55 a.m., Tustin police received police reports of shootings in several locations, Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti.
A teenage girl wounded in a shooting spree at an Oregon shopping mall that left three dead, including the suspected gunman, is in serious condition, a hospital official said today.
Kristina Shevchenko was one of at least three people shot when a man wearing what appeared to be a hockey mask opened fire with a rifle at the crowded Clackamas Town Center in the Portland suburb of Happy Valley.
Police will release the names of the victims and the shooter at a news conference at noon Chicago time today.
Shevchenko’s name was released by the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital on authorization of her family.
“The family is doing OK,” Shevchenko’s brother, Yevgeniy, said. He said his sister was 15 years old and declined further comment.
In a Facebook posting Tuesday night, Yevgeniy Shevchenko said: “As of now she is stable and sleeping. the bullet went through bruising her lung, it missed any vital organs and it missed her ribs. she will need 2 more operations. we appreciate any and all support including your prayers! thank you.”
The trial of a US army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people in a shooting spree at an army base has been suspended while a court decides whether his beard should be removed.
Major Nidal Hasan’s lawyers say the beard is an expression of his Muslim faith, but army regulations state that soldiers must be clean shaven.
It is also argued that the beard makes it hard for witnesses to identify him.
Maj Hasan is accused of opening fire at Ford Hood army base in Texas in 2009.
The shooting was the worst of its type at a US military base, and if convicted, Maj Hasan, 41, could face the death penalty.
The trial has already been delayed several times - Maj Hasan first appeared for a hearing at the central Texas military complex with the beard in June.
In a scene unimaginable in many countries, Norway’s worst mass killer since World War II gets to explain his fanatical views to the court and the world for days dressed up in a business suit.
Two days into Anders Behring Breivik’s terror trial, the studied formality with which Norway’s legal system deals with a confessed killer who rejects its authority is baffling to outsiders, even to some Norwegians.
The mass killer on trial in Norway defended his massacre in a statement he read at his trial Tuesday, declaring he’d do it again. A lay judge who’d suggested the death penalty for Anders Breivik was removed from the court panel.
On Monday, the day the trial started, Norwegian prosecutors and even lawyers representing the families of his 77 victims shook Breivik’s hand as proceedings began.
On Tuesday, the 33-year-old far-right militant was allowed to give an hour-long address to the court, reading from a statement that summarized the 1,500-page anti-Islamic manifesto that he posted online before his bomb-and-shooting rampage nine months ago.
“The attacks on July 22 were a preventive strike. I acted in self-defense on behalf of my people, my city, my country,” Breivik declared, demanding to be found innocent of terror and murder charges.
He set off a bomb outside the government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight, then drove to Utoya island outside the capital and massacred 69 people in a shooting spree at the governing Labor Party’s youth summer camp on Utoya island. It was the most “spectacular” attack by a nationalist militant since World War II, he boasted.
The court’s main judge interrupted Breivik several times Tuesday, asking him to get to the point, but let him continue after he threatened that he would either finish his speech or not speak at all.
“It is critically important that I can explain the reason and the motive” for the massacre, said Breivik.
Breivik, who has admitted the attacks, said it doesn’t matter if he’s sent to prison, because living in a country ruled by “multiculturalists” was a prison in itself. The main point of his defense is to avoid an insanity ruling, which would deflate his political arguments.
A second psychiatric evaluation of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has found him sane enough to face trial and a jail term.
The findings contradict a previous evaluation, published in November, that found him legally insane.
Breivik is due to stand trial on Monday over a shooting spree last July, in which he admits killing 77 people.
The question of his sanity decides whether he will be sent to a psychiatric ward or jail.
“The main conclusion of the experts is that Anders Behring Breivik is found to be not psychotic during the time of his actions on July 22, 2011,” the Oslo court said in a statement on Tuesday.
“That means that he is considered criminally responsible at the time of the crime.”
The second evaluation was approved by a court in January following widespread criticism of last year’s assessment that diagnosed him as a paranoid schizophrenic - meaning he would most likely be detained in psychiatric care.
Many of his surviving victims believed he was sane, and that the only proper punishment would be a prison sentence.
Breivik has himself insisted he is mentally stable, and last week blasted the first psychiatric assessment as “lies”, saying 80% of it was wrong.
In a letter to Norwegian tabloid Verdans Gang, he said being sent to a psychiatric ward would be a “fate worse than death”.
“To send a political activist to an asylum is more sadistic and more evil than killing him!” he wrote.
France’s interior minister says some Islamist groups in France want to avenge the death of a Muslim radical, who the government says was responsible for the killing of seven people in a shooting spree in the country’s south.
Claude Gueant, speaking on French radio Europe 1 Friday, said that authorities have observed increased “desire” and “enthusiasm” among such groups to avenge the death of Mohamed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian descent, killed in a standoff with police last month.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is facing a tough re-election in a presidential vote, with a first round April 22, has put security high on his agenda.
Gueant called on the people to be “vigilant and attentive.”
French security agencies are already on edge and have carried out sweeps, detaining 10 people from five cities Wednesday in the latest roundup. Four of them were released Thursday after questioning and a judicial official said that the other six would be released late Friday.