Seal Beach Massacre Triggers Gun Control Debate

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  • Wednesday, a gunman opened fire inside a crowded beauty salon–killing eight and leaving a ninth victim in critical condition. Authorities have identified the alleged shooter as 42-year-old Scott Evans De Kraai, the ex-husband of Michelle Fournier, one of the salon’s employees. According to friends and co-workers of Fournier, she was in a custody dispute with her estranged husband.

    Arrested after a short car chase, DeKraai was reportedly wearing a bullet-proof vest and had multiple weapons in his car.

    The police have not released the names of the nine victims, but friends and a relatives said Fournier and, salon owner, Randy Fannin were both killed during the shooting.

    “Seal Beach is a small safe community. We don’t experience these things,” Sgt. Steve Bowles of the Seal Beach Police Department told reporters Wednesday evening.

    A group of Seal Beach residents congregated at a vigil Wednesday night to mourn the lives of those lost in the rampage. Another gathering is scheduled for today.

  • The event has triggered a heated debate on Twitter about U.S. gun control laws, The suspect’s Tea Party license plate is also a source of much controversy online.