Authorities: 3 killed in California shootings

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Associated Press

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Authorities don't know the motive in today's rampage of carjackings and shootings across California's Orange County.

Three people were killed before the gunman ended the rampage by taking his own life.

Police say the violence began when a young man shot a woman to death in a home. Several shootings occurred in the next hour at other locations. The victim of a carjacking wasn't hurt, but an innocent bystander was hit by gunfire and taken to a hospital.

There were reports that the gunman also opened fire at other vehicles on a freeway.

Police say a pickup truck taken by the carjacker began to run out of gas, so he stopped and carjacked a BMW -- shooting and killing the driver. Another person was killed during an additional carjacking.

Police say they located the gunman and tracked him into the city of Orange. When they tried to stop him, they say, he got out of the vehicle and killed himself.

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134-a-06-(Lieutenant Paul Garaven, spokesman, Tustin Police Department, at news conference)-"and shot himself"-Tustin police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Garaven says the suspect in a wave of shootings in Orange County committed suicide when cornered by police. (19 Feb 2013)

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135-a-07-(Corporal Anthony Bertagna (bur-TAHN'-yuh), spokesman, Santa Ana Police Department, at news conference)-"executes our victim"-Santa Ana police spokesman Corporal Anthony Bertagna says the suspect carjacked and killed a man driving a BMW before driving away and shooting more people. (19 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO CADD106: Lt. Paul Garaven of the Tustin Police Department, left, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, Adjuntant Media Realtions with City of Santa Ana, middle, and Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino, right, take questions from the media about a shooting spree in Tustin, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Police say a chaotic 25-minute shooting spree through Orange County left a trail of dead and injured victims before the shooter killed himself. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) (19 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO CADD103: A vehicle riddle with bullet holes is part of a crime scene on Red Hills Ave. under the 5 Interstate in Tustin, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Police say a chaotic 25-minute shooting spree through Orange County left a trail of dead and injured victims before the shooter killed himself. There were multiple crime scenes in Tustin and Orange and many more victims who were shot at but unhurt, said Tustin Lt. Paul Garaven. Tustin is about 35 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) (19 Feb 2013)

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APPHOTO CAANR103: The Orange County coroner's office wheels a body to a waiting van in Orange, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Police say a chaotic 25-minute shooting spree through Orange County left a trail of dead and injured victims before the shooter killed himself. Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino say there are at least six crime scenes with three people, including the suspected gunman, dead and several others wounded. Tustin police Supervisor Dave Kanoti said the shootings started with an apparent carjacking just after 5 a.m. Tuesday in an unincorporated Ladera Ranch area of Orange County. (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Mark Rightmire) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT (19 Feb 2013)

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