Santa Monica police said on Saturday that the string of attacks linked to a suspect who was shot and killed by authorities were part of a premeditated assault involving an array of weaponry, KNBC-TV reported.
“Anytime someone puts on a vest, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semiautomatic rifle, carjacks folks, goes to a college, kills more people and has to be neutralized at the hands of the police, I would say that’s premeditated,” police chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said at a press conference.
Seabrooks did not identify the 23-year-old male suspect, saying authorities needed to notify next of kin living overseas. The suspect’s first two victims, found in a home near Santa Monica College that had been set on fire, are believed to be his father and brother. She did say that the suspect and one relative were enrolled at the school as recently as 2010, and that police encountered the suspect in 2006, but could not disclose the nature of that meeting because he was underage at the time.
The suspect is believed to have shot and killed two other people while making his way from the house to the college, while shooting at motorists and at a local bus, before shooting a woman on campus and entering the library, where local and campus police shot and killed him. Police spokesperson John Lewis described him as being “heavily armed” and “dressed for battle.”
Seabrooks said that the suspect carrying a .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle and multiple loaded magazines. KABC-TV reported that police also revealed more firearms, found inside a duffel bag the suspect dropped while going through the campus. At least 20 loaded magazines were found inside, along with a .44-caliber handgun and an upper receiver for the rifle. She estimated that he was carrying about 1,300 rounds of ammunition.
KABC identified another victim, described by Seabrooks as having a “grim prognosis” for recovery, as Marcela Franco. Her father, 68-year-old Carlos Navarro Franco, was killed when the suspect shot at his red SUV before entering campus. The vehicle then crashed into a parking lot wall. Marcela Franco is on life support at a local hospital.
Watch footage from Seabrooks’ press conference, posted Saturday by KCAL-TV, below.
‘Get the hell out!’: Trump supporters freak out when protesters show up to Lindsey Graham event
A small group of protesters came to one of Lindsey Graham's latest campaign events, and they were quickly attacked by supporters of President Donald Trump chanting "four more years."
Graham's event seemed to have more support for Trump than for Graham at his own weekend event. It's unknown why the Trump supporters were not chanting for Graham.
"Get the hell out!" one Trump supporter can be heard shouting. He and another older man were seen wagging their fingers
At least one Graham protester could be seen holding up a sign with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The South Carolina senator is fighting for his political career and many other Republicans struggling to hold onto their seats. Graham is now being confronted with past comments he made saying that no president, regardless of the party, should make a Supreme Court pick right before his or her election.
WATCH: Trump supporters yell ‘white power’ as 2020 convoy speeds through college town
Supporters of President Donald Trump were caught on video over the weekend shouting "white power" as they participated in a convoy to bolster the Republican ticket.
The incident was said to have occurred in Elon, a small college town in North Carolina.
According to the Triad City Beat, the convoy was organized by conservative activist Gary Williamson, who coordinated with the local Young Republicans chapter.
Watch the video below.
Video clip shows supporters in a Trump convoy passing through Elon, NC shouting "White power!" two separate times. ACTBAC founder Gary Williamson organized the convoy, which coordinated w/ a Alamance County Young Republicans event #Election2020 #ncpol pic.twitter.com/VQo8Hmgkc0
Lindsey Graham brutally buried by former RNC head over court vote flip-flop: ‘This is about power’
Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy" with fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, former Republican National Committee head Michael Steele laughed at the notion that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) could be taken for his word from 2016 that he would not vote on a Supreme Court justice in an election year.
According to the laughing Steele, there was "no way in hell" Graham was sincere when he made that pledge.
Asked by host Capehart about the Graham statement, Steele began, "No, I didn't believe it when he said it."
"Everyone is taking the people at their word," the former GOP executive explained. "There was no way in hell that a Supreme Court nomination opens up, it could open up the day before the election and Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham and everyone would be all on it."