Trail of blood: Orange County coroner's officials remove one of the bodies from the scene

A chaotic 25-minute shooting spree through  Orange County, California, has left a trail of dead and injured victims in a  violent spree of carjackings and gunfire, police have said.

Authorities reported at least five places  where victims had been shot in the early morning violence – and at least four  are dead – including the gunman.

The shootings began at 4:45am when  deputies  responding to a call found a female shot multiple times in a  house in Ladera  Ranch, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman  Jim Amormino said.

Between 5:30am. to 5:55am, Tustin police  received numerous calls about shootings in several locations, he  said.

The first call that came in was at Red Hill  Avenue and Interstate 5.

Police arrived and determined a carjacking  had occurred and that victim was uninjured. An innocent bystander who was hit by  gunfire was taken to a hospital, Tustin  police Lt Paul Garaven Garaven  said.

The next call was at State Route 55 and  McFadden Avenue. Another carjacking occurred and that victim was dead, Lt  Garaven said.

The last call was about a man with a gun, he  said, at Edinger Avenue east of the 55. An officer arrived and found two more  victims – one dead and the other injured.

Authorities noted that each of the gunman’s  attempts to steal a new vehicle were successful.

But his shooting and stealing spree ran came  to an end as officers located the man and followed him into the city of Orange,  Garaven said.

The suspect pulled into the intersection of  Katella Avenue and Wanda Road, where he shot himself dead.

Tustin police Lt Paul Garaven said: ‘When  they stopped [the vehicle], the suspect got out and shot himself.’

The suspect was described only as a male in  his 20s.  A shotgun was recovered in the police investigation.

The conditions of the wounded victims were  unknown.

It is possible more people were shot at  because some people may have chased the shooter, Tustin  police Supervisor Dave Kanoti  said.


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