Investigators Find 'Suicide Note' On Computer Of OC Shooting Rampage Suspect
Orange County sheriff's detectives said that they found a "suicide note" on the desktop computer of Ali Syed, the 20-year-old Ladera Ranch man who went on a fatal shooting and carjacking spree that killed four including himself.
Investigators found a document on the computer in Syed's bedroom titled "Suicide Note," according to a release from the sheriff's department. The document was created on Tuesday, February 19 just hours before the first 9-1-1 call came in reporting Syed's shooting. The note indicates that Syed planned the crimes that he committed that day.
The note said Syed had suicidal thoughts and "ideations and premeditations of these random acts of violence," according to the Associated Press. The note did not mention Syed's victims or the locations for his crimes, and detectives still believe his victims were random targets.
Investigators said the note will help them determine a motive for the shootings, although they didn't offer any specifics.
Syed's shooting and carjacking spree began at his home in Ladera Ranch. He killed a 20-year-old woman named Courtney Aoki —who may have been a stripper than he hired. His family was home at the time, but they escaped and made that first 9-1-1 call. His shooting spree killed two others and left two additional victims with injuries. He shot himself in the head when California Highway Patrol officers attempted to pull him over.
Syed was a student at Saddleback College taking one class at the school. He was single and unemployed. Police have not found evidence that Syed suffered from mental illness, and he does not have a criminal record. Police had never before been called to the home in Ladera Ranch.
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