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John Samir Zawahri, 23

John Samir Zawahri, a 23-year-old white man, was shot and killed by police on Friday, June 7, after he went on a shooting rampage in Santa Monica that left five people dead, including his father and brother.

Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said police found replica weapons and zip guns during a search of his home. She also said the state Department of Justice denied him a firearm in 2011.

"He had an affinity for weapons," Sgt. Richard Lewis said.

Authorities say Zawahri first killed his father, Samir, 55, and older brother, Christopher, 25, at their Santa Monica home before carjacking a motorist and forcing her at gunpoint to drive him to the campus.

Along the way he fired on other vehicles, including a sedan, a bus and a sport -utility vehicle carrying Santa Monica College groundskeeper Carlos Franco, 68, and his daughter, Marcela, 26. Both died.

Police identified his last victim as Margarita Gomez, a 68-year-old visiting the campus to collect cans.

Sources said Zawahri suffered from mental problems and struggled with the divorce of his parents.

In 2006, an English teacher at Olympic High School in Santa Monica said he saw Zawahri surfing the Internet for assault weapons. Alarmed, he sent Zawahri to the principal's office. Within days, the police were involved and Zawahri was admitted to UCLA's psychiatric ward.

Zawahri appeared to have planned out his attack, strapping ammunition to his body as well as in pouches in his clothing and a protective vest.

Authorities said he left a farewell note expressing remorse for killing his father and brother and also wrote that he hoped his mother would be cared for financially.

-- Matt Stevens

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