Gunman in California rampage once held in psychiatric unit

June 11, 2013 04:00

LOS ANGELES - The California gunman who killed five people in a rampage through Santa Monica last week before he was slain by police spent at least three days as a teenager in the psychiatric unit of a hospital, police said on Monday.

John Zawahri, who was shot and killed at Santa Monica College on Friday, the day before his 24th birthday, had been taken into custody and placed under a 72-hour "psychiatric hold" in 2006, when he would have been 16 or 17 years old, Santa Monica police spokesman Sergeant Richard Lewis said.The incident seven years ago resulted in police being called to his family's home, where Friday's carnage began with the double-slaying of Zawahri's father and brother and a fire that consumed part of the house.

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