Cops: Calif. gun­man was on co­caine binge

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — In­ves­ti­ga­tors worked through the night to piece to­gether a por­trait of a “gun fa­natic” who armed him­self with an as­sault ri­fle and un­leashed a co­caine- fu­eled ram­page Tues­day in an Azusa, Calif., neigh­bor­hood, killing one man and crit­i­cally wound- ing two women be­fore be­ing killed by po­lice.

Res­i­dents in the quiet San Gabriel Val­ley neigh­bor­hood waited for hours to re­turn to their homes and re­unite with the famil i es as i nves­ti­ga­tors swarmed the area “to un­der­stand what hap­pened,” Azusa po­lice said.

Al­though the mo­tive for the shoot­ing re­mained un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, au­thor­i­ties said the gun­man had been on a co­caine binge when he launched his at­tack.

On Wed­nes­day, of­fi­cials were still work­ing to iden­tify the 45-year-old gun­man and no­tify his fam­ily.

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