5 Dead in California rampage

Santa Monica, California, Jun 8 (EFE).- A lone assailant killed four people in a series of attacks in this beachfront city before being shot dead by police at a local college, authorities said.

The incidents occurred Friday morning when a man between 25 and 30 set fire to a home with his father and brother inside, both of whom died, before going into the street with an assault rifle and bullet-proof vest and seemingly firing indiscriminately.

The assailant, who sparked panic in several intersections in the city, part of Los Angeles County, made his way to Santa Monica College before he was eventually shot dead by police inside the school's library.

The assailant, who apparently acted alone, killed two people who crossed his path in addition to his family members.

During his rampage, the man fired at several cars, a city bus and a police patrol car.

At least six people wounded by the gunman were treated at local hospitals.

Authorities said they had not yet determined the motive for the rampage but that it may have been triggered by a family dispute.

President Barack Obama was taking part in a fundraising event near the college at the time and his itinerary was slightly altered to avoid the area where the attacks occurred.

Santa Monica College, a two-year institution, was placed on lockdown.