Four dead and two injured after two-hour rampage by man 'full of anger'

Ellen Manning

Four people were killed and two injured after a man described as “full of anger” went on a two-hour rampage in California.

The 33-year-old man was arrested after dropping a knife and a gun following the attacks in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, south-east of Los Angeles.

Police said the series of robberies and stabbings appeared to be random and the only known motives were “robbery, hate, homicide”.

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - Police work the scene of a stabbing in Santa Ana, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. A man killed multiple people and wounded others in a string of robberies and stabbings in California's Orange County before he was arrested, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Four people were killed and two injured after the man's two-hour rampage (Picture: AP/Alex Gallardo)

"We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight,” Garden Grove police lieutenant Carl Whitney said.

Lt Whitney told a news conference that police were called first to a burglary at an apartment where no-one was hurt.

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Afterwards a bakery was robbed as well as an insurance business, and a woman was stabbed several times in the back. She is expected to survive.

Lt Whitney said a caller reported watching the stabbing via CCTV.

The series of robberies and stabbings appeared to be random, police said (Picture: AP/Alex Gallardo)
The series of robberies and stabbings appeared to be random, police said (Picture: AP/Alex Gallardo)

Police were then called back to the same apartment complex where two men had been stabbed. One died on a balcony and another died at a hospital.

Some reports have described the weapon used for the stabbings as a ‘machete-like weapon’.

Other robberies in the incident included a cheque-cashing business and a petrol station where a man’s nose was nearly severed in the attack.

The suspect's silver Mercedes was tracked to the car park of a 7-Eleven store in Santa Ana, where a security guard was disarmed and stabbed to death and an employee of a nearby Subway store was killed.

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