Seal Beach, CA—In this beautiful seaside bedroom community of 24,000 residents the unthinkable happened today. Police responded to a 1:21 PM call of shots fired at Salon Meritage on the 500 block of Pacific Coast Highway. So far eight of nine victims her were shot are dead. The ninth victim clings to life in critical condition at a local hospital.
Police followed a middle-aged suspect who was driving a white Toyota pick up truck. During a felony style police stop at 12th & Central he was discovered armed with semi-automatic pistols and loaded magazines. Under his shirt he was wearing a dark blue protective vest, and police SWAT style shin guards. He was also wearing blue police style cargo pants. So far police are silent about the man’s identity. The silence alone says volumes about the suspect and his occupation.
As of now at 6:00 PM police are pretending they don't know the suspect's identity but they are currently processing his home as a crime scene. Neighbors describe the suspect as a quiet and private man.
Judging by the suspect’s unusual effectiveness with the handgun used and the type of equipment involved he appears to be a well-trained law enforcement officer.
Employees and people familiar with the salon claimed that one of the victims was involved in an acrimonious relationship with a man suggesting that this relationship became the motive for the carnage.
I am waiting for a call from authorities handing the investigation.
Police said Scott Dekraai, 41 of Huntington Beach, CA, is the suspected gunman. It’s believed that Dekraai had targeted his ex- wife, Michelle Fournier. Since their 2007 divorce they’d been fighting over child custody. Fournier recently sought a restraining order against the suspected gunman.
Dekraai worked in maritime related employment and has a military background. He has apparently no law enforcement employment or training.