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Three people died today in a shootout at a Denny's in Pismo Beach, including the suicidal gunman who stormed in and fired at strangers. Two others survived with injuries. The shooter was an as-yet unidentified elderly man who carried "confusing" identification.

In Culver City, a teacher was killed and several students were injured by a car that jumped a curb onto a crowded sidewalk. Early reports say a couple was in the car arguing when the passenger grabbed the wheel, sending the vehicle into the crowd.

Talk about your dumb criminals: a murder suspect drove onto the 405 to make his getaway from police. "Traffic is really stop and go," a newscaster said over the tape as the vehicle sideswiped cars trying to make some headway. Remarkably, he reached an exit, but later surrendered. Look on the right for the video web extra on KCAL's site.