That's enough! When will more be done to help the mentally ill people in this country?! There are so many who are ill, but can't afford treatment. Obama, when will you shut your mouth and actually do something? I hope the health care bill addresses this in 2014, which is when they say the benefits really happen.[Original story, posted at 2:05 p.m. Saturday]
(CNN) The gunman's rampage began at a home in this beachfront city, leaving two dead inside. Then he carjacked a woman and fired at a public bus. It all ended when police shot him dead at Santa Monica College as students studied for finals, a mile from the house.
His blood trail, however, left four people dead Friday in Santa Monica, which abuts Los Angeles and is renowned for its liberal openness.
A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Saturday that the gunman had suffered mental health issues. A couple of years ago, he was hospitalized for treatment after allegedly talking about harming someone, according to the official.
It's not clear whether the state government or his family committed him for treatment or whether he committed himself. It's also unclear under what circumstances he was released. The gunman has yet to be identified.
Authorities have found no link to domestic or international terror, the official added.
Also Saturday, one of four victims shot dead was identified as Carlos Navarro Franco, 68, who resided in one of Los Angeles' west neighborhoods near Santa Monica, authorities said. He was the driver of an SUV who was gunned down on the campus, police said.
Franco was driving his daughter to the college, where she's a student, to retrieve academic materials for her planned transfer to California State University at Dominguez Hills, said Alfred Creollo, a relative who lives in the same building as the family.
The daughter, 25, was shot and is now on life support in the hospital, Creollo said. The father was also a Santa Monica College groundskeeper for 30 years but wasn't working the day of the shooting, Creollo said.
"He was a dedicated husband, dedicated to his family, he was a good person," Creollo said of Franco. "We lived here together for 30 years. It was just a devastating blow to hear what happened to him."
The three other victims have not yet been identified. The two-year college remained closed Saturday as police combed the crime scene for clues to the rampage, which began shortly before noon at an acquaintance's house in one of Santa Monica's breezy neighborhoods.
Dressed in black and toting an assault-style rifle, the man's apparently random gunfire became the nation's latest disturbing killing spree, ending with his death in the college library and leaving this tourist beachfront city reeling with shock.
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The Santa Monica Gunman had mental health issues
Huh, a killing spree at a gun free zone? Big $#@!ing surprise.
Health is a buisness here in the US. The de-insitution of america was one of the worst thing and lead to not only people not getting the mental health help they need but also to homeless. Nothing will change unless they restructure the gov and the health system which will not happen because health insurence have deep pockets.
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