Is That a Muslim Name? Santa Monica Shooter’s Name is John Zawahri

Published on June 10, 2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) — The suspected Santa Monica shootings gunman has been identified as 23-year-old John Zawahri, Eyewitness News confirmed Saturday.

Santa Monica police say the suspect in the shooting rampage was “heavily armed and ready for battle” when he stepped onto the Santa Monica College campus.

At a Saturday afternoon news conference, police laid out tables of evidence. According to police, Zawahri dropped a duffle bag while walking through campus. Some of the bag’s contents included an upper receiver to a .223-caliber rifle, an older model .44-caliber handgun and at least 20 loaded magazines. The suspect was also wearing protective knee pads and a utility vest that was not bullet resistant.

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