At least four dead in California shootings

A string of shootings after an apparent carjacking in southern California Tuesday left at least four people dead, including the suspected gunmen, police said.

Two others were injured before the suspected gunman shot and killed himself, after officers found him in a stolen vehicle and pursued him into the city of Orange, California.

"At this stage we do have four dead including the gunman," Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino told KTLA 5 television, adding that the suspected gunman was a man in his 20s.

He said there were shootings at six locations, starting at around 5:20 am (1320 GMT). At least three of the shootings occurred near the nearby 5 and 55 freeways.

Five people were shot in Tustin, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and two others were shot in nearby areas, said Tustin police department spokesman Paul Garaven.

"There are multiple (crime) scenes throughout Tustin and the surrounding areas," Garven said.

A press conference was scheduled for 10:00 am (1800 GMT).