A chaotic 25-minute shooting spree throughÂ Orange County, California, has left a trail of dead and injured victims in aÂ violent spree of carjackings and gunfire, police have said.
Authorities reported at least five placesÂ where victims had been shot in the early morning violence – and at least fourÂ are dead – including the gunman.
The shootings began at 4:45am whenÂ deputiesÂ responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in aÂ house in LaderaÂ Ranch, Orange County sheriff’s spokesmanÂ Jim Amormino said.
The first call that came in was at Red HillÂ Avenue and Interstate 5.
Police arrived and determined a carjackingÂ had occurred and that victim was uninjured. An innocent bystander who was hit byÂ gunfire was taken to a hospital, TustinÂ police Lt Paul Garaven GaravenÂ said.
The last call was about a man with a gun, heÂ said, at Edinger Avenue east of the 55. An officer arrived and found two moreÂ victims – one dead and the other injured.
Authorities noted that each of the gunman’sÂ attempts to steal a new vehicle were successful.
But his shooting and stealing spree ran cameÂ to an end as officers located the man and followed him into the city of Orange,Â Garaven said.
The suspect pulled into the intersection ofÂ Katella Avenue and Wanda Road, where he shot himself dead.
Tustin police Lt Paul Garaven said: ‘WhenÂ they stopped [the vehicle], the suspect got out and shot himself.’
The suspect was described only as a male inÂ his 20s.Â A shotgun was recovered in the police investigation.
The conditions of the wounded victims wereÂ unknown.
It is possible more people were shot atÂ because some people may have chased the shooter, TustinÂ police Supervisor Dave KanotiÂ said.