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California shooting: Eight killed at Seal Beach salon

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Media captionThe BBC's Peter Bowes says Seal Beach is a relatively high-end beach resort

Eight people have been shot dead at a hair salon in the Los Angeles area, authorities say.

The shooting took place in the city of Seal Beach, California, in a retail area off the Pacific Coast Highway.

Six people were initially confirmed dead, while two others died later of their injuries and one remains in a critical condition, police said.

Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, has been named as the man arrested over the incident.

Image caption The alleged gunman, Scott Evans Dekraai, was said to be an ex-husband of one of the stylists

The shooting occurred at about 13:30 (21:30 GMT) at a hair salon called Salon Meritage.

Mr Dekraai was stopped by officers about half a mile away and surrendered without incident, saying he had multiple weapons with him, Sgt Steve Bowles of Seal Beach police department said.

"He appeared co-operative, and did not resist our officers when he was detained," Sgt Bowles said, adding: "We do feel confident at this point that we do have the single and only suspect in custody."

He said the salon was busy at the time, with every stylist's station in use. Bodies were scattered around the premises.

US media reported the suspect was the ex-husband of one of the stylists. It is not known if she was among the victims.

Sgt Bowles said: "There may be something to the motive as to a relationship with somebody in the salon, that is our assumption."

Mr Dakraai's neighbours told the Associated Press news agency that he had been in a custody battle with his ex-wife over their young son.

Police from nearby towns have been assisting with the investigation.

"A crime of this magnitude is not something Seal Beach is familiar with," Sgt Bowles told reporters.

Seal Beach is a beach front city of approximately 25,000 residents, located about 30 miles (48km) south-east of Los Angeles.

It is home to a gated senior citizen community of 9,000 people, as well as the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station military complex and a national wildlife refuge.