SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The gunman who went on a chaotic rampage killing four people before being fatally shot by police at a college campus planned the attack and was capable of firing 1,300 rounds of ammunition, the police chief said yesterday.
"Any time someone puts on a vest, of some sort, comes out with a bag full of loaded magazines, has an extra receiver, has a handgun and has a semi-automatic 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 that's premeditated," said Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks.
The killer would have turned 24 yesterday, but Seabrooks wouldn't identify him because his next of kin was out of the country.
The chief spoke near a display of weapons and ammunition recovered from Santa Monica College where the killings ended Friday when police gunned the suspect down in the library, where students were studying for finals. Included were surveillance photos of a man in black entering the library with an assault-style rifle.
The gunman fatally shot one woman in the head outside the library before entering the building and opening fire as students ran for cover.
Students hid into what Seabrooks called a "safe room" in the library and barricaded the door for safety.
"They stacked items found in the safe room against the door, hunkered down and avoided shots fired through the drywall at them while they were in that room," she said.
The violence, which lasted little more than 10 minutes, started about a mile away when the gunman began shooting at a house, and it caught on fire. Two bodies were found inside.
Two officials told The Associated Press that the killings began as a domestic violence incident and the victims in the home were the gunman's father and brother.