Santa Monica College shooter had interest in assault weapons

Matt Zalaznick's picture
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The man who killed five people in Santa Monica in a shooting rampage had shown an interest in assault weapons as early as 2006, according to a teacher at his old high school.

A veteran English teacher at Olympic High, Santa Monica's alternative school for students who have struggled in traditional programs, reported to the principal that John Zawahri, the solitary teen who regularly ditched class, was 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.

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