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Family connections probed of Santa Monica shooter

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Posted at 5:42 PM, Jun 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-08 17:42:00-04

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are looking into family connections to determine what led a man to kill his brother and father before going on a shooting rampage across Santa Monica.

An official briefed on the matter told The Associated Press on Saturday that police are trying to piece together what started as a domestic violence incident and ended up at a college campus with five dead, including the gunman.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The killing began at a Santa Monica house where neighbors say a man lived with one of his two sons. The house was set ablaze and two bodies were found inside.

SWAT teams later searched the Los Angeles apartment of the man's ex-wife and questioned neighbors about the son who lived with her.