Deadly Shooting Rampage in Santa Monica

The suspect was killed in a shootout with police in an incident that took place just blocks from where President Obama was attending a Democratic fundraiser.

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ABC News reports that as many as six people were killed and two or three injured in a shooting near California's Santa Monica Community College that ended when police killed the suspect. Authorities also have a person of interest in custody, but officials have not provided any details about his identity.

This latest violent tragedy all took place just blocks from where President Obama was attending a Democratic fundraiser:

Authorities responded to a report of shots fired at 11:52 a.m. PT and found a house on fire.

At the same time, they received reports of a carjacking and multiple shootings that might be related, according to Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks.

When officials encountered a suspect, he took off towards Santa Monica College.

"There was an exchange of gunfire at that time and the suspect attempted to evade the officer by running off to the college campus," Seabrooks said.

The suspect made his way towards a library, where he shot at least one woman and then went inside, pursued by law enforcement, police said.

"He continued to shoot at them," Seabrooks said. "The officers came in and directly engaged the suspect and he was shot and killed on the scene."

Read more at ABC News.

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