Seal Beach Shooting Suspect Identified

Seal Beach police have identified the suspect in a salon shooting massacre that left eight people dead and one critically wound.

Police Sgt. Steve Bowles says 42-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai of Huntington Beach was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of murder. Authorities say De Kraai was stopped by officers about a half-mile away from the shooting scene at Salon Meritage and surrendered without incident.

Friends of the salon owner say De Kraai was the ex-husband of a stylist who worked there. Police responding to a report of shots fired at the salon found six people dead and three wounded.

Two of the wounded later died at a hospital. The other person is listed in critical condition. Seal Beach has seen just one other homicide in the past four years.

Bowles said bodies of the victims were scattered throughout the salon, along with two of the wounded. The other wounded person, a man, was found outside the building.

The suspect was cooperative when officers, following a description of the shooter, stopped him nearby. He told them he had multiple weapons in his car, Bowles said.

TV news video showed the man, in handcuffs, being placed in a patrol car and taken away about two-and-a-half hours after the shooting. A new white pickup truck that was believed to be his was parked on the modest residential street with its doors open.