FROM Oscar de la Torre
Newtown, Connecticut and Santa Monica, California Six months ago last Friday, 20 school children and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Monica. On Friday, June 7, 23-year-old John Zawahri killed his father and brother, set fire to their house, then shot at a passing bus on the way to Santa Monica College, where he killed a groundskeeper and his daughter , as well as a woman who was looking for recyclables in campus trash cans. Two days later, a cyclist was shot and wounded not far from Zawahri’s house, and two days after that, one man was killed and another was critically wounded two blocks from the campus. The most recent shootings in Santa Monica are attributed to gang warfare.
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