L.A. Now Live: Campus reopens after Santa Monica College shooting

The rampage lasted about 10 minutes, police said, beginning just before noon Friday at a Santa Monica home, where John Zawahri, 23, killed his brother, Chris, 25, and his father, Samir, 55.

He then cut a bloody path through a number of city streets before ending up on the Santa Monica College campus, where he shot into an SUV and killed school groundskeeper Carlos Franco, 68, and his daughter, Marcela, 26, who was a student at the school, officials said.

A fifth victim has yet to be publicly identified.

Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the latest in the Santa Monica College shooting and the aftermath with Los Angeles Times reporter Kate Mather.


Santa Monica College students returned to classes Monday for the first time since the shooting. All buildings at the school are open except the library, where police shot Zawahri.

A vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday in front of the library, and graduation is expected to go on as scheduled Tuesday, school officials said.

"We look forward to this wonderful ceremony and time of family pride," the college's president, Chui L. Tsang, said in a statement. "We hope you can join us if you have not already made plans to do so. Thank you again for your patience, your resilience, and your strength."

The rampage was a premeditated act by an emotionally troubled person who armed himself with high-powered weapons, police said.

A family friend of Zawahri said the shooter had an intense interest in guns.