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Thursday
Oct132011

Seal Beach Massacre: Suspect's Ex-Wife Claimed Abuse

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEAL BEACH, Calif.) -- The ex-wife of the gunman who allegedly opened fire at a southern California hair salon where she was employed claimed that he was unstable and abusive in court documents filed in May.

The couple was engaged in a custody dispute over their 7-year-old son and Michelle Fournier Dekraai claimed Scott Evans Dekraai was unstable and physically abusive during their marriage.

The shooting rampage on Wednesday left eight people dead and one critically wounded in the deadliest shooting ever in Orange County. Police announced at a news conference Thursday that they plan on releasing the identities of the victims on Friday.

"This was not a random act of violence. The suspect knew his intended victim," acting Chief of Police Tim Olson said at the news conference.

Fournier's relatives told affiliate KABC that she was killed in the shooting, and that she was the main target of the attack because of an alleged custody dispute. Police said they have not confirmed Fournier's death.

Court documents reveal that Scott Dekraai's step-father had filed a restraining order against him, according to ABC News' Los Angeles affiliate KABC.

Seal Beach police allege that Dekraai, an ex-marine, entered Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, Calif., wearing a bullet-proof vest and opened fire, killing six people immediately. The six victims were declared dead at the scene.

Three people were hospitalized with severe wounds and two of them later died, police said.

The names of the deceased are being withheld until family members are notified, but police said that of the six who were found dead inside the salon, five were females and one was male, and of the two who died in the hospital, one was female and the other was male. The victim that is currently hospitalized is female.

It was not immediately clear if the victims were customers or employees.

Authorities responded Wednesday to the shooting at the salon in the coastal town about 30 miles south of Los Angeles.

After the shooting, Dekraai was taken into custody a half-mile from the crime scene. Police said he was driving through a residential area in the direction of Huntington Beach, Calif.

Police said Dekraai was cooperative at the time of the arrest and was taken to the Seal County Police Department.

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