The City of Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management has compiled a summary of the Santa Monica shootings on June 7, 2013.
In a span of 13 minutes John Zawahri, shot and killed his father and brother, burned down his family’s home, carjacked a vehicle and kidnapped the driver, and on route to Santa Monica College shot at a bus, vehicles and people on the streets.
Once at the college campus the rampage continued as Zawahri shot at students and staff in the library before being fatally shot by responding officers.
The summary is intended to provide a review of the response and initial recovery efforts to the shooting incident which resulted in six deaths, thousands of people evacuated and students sheltering in place for several hours.
It also provides a “road map” for other jurisdictions that may be affected by similar incidents in the future, so that they may be better prepared to respond and recover.
The observations generated are grouped in four core areas:
1. Communications and Notifications
2. Incident Command System Protocols and Training
3. Response and Recovery Logistics
4. Community Recovery Services.
This broad base summary does not focus on the causes of this event, nor is meant to serve as an After Action Report.
Instead, this report focuses on the incident itself and how the community of Santa Monica responded in the moments following the shooting and the recovery phase in the days and weeks that followed.