Gunman opens fire inside California dental office killing one and injuring two before ‘armed and dangerous suspect’ is caught following manhunt

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Mohammed Abdulkareem
  • He has been taken into custody and the firearm has been located 

A gunman who opened fire inside a California dental office on Thursday afternoon, killing one and injuring two before a manhunt was launched, has been found by police.

The suspect, who has been identified as 29-year-old Mohammed Abdulkareem, was said to be armed with a handgun and considered dangerous.

He was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon and the firearm has been located. 

At 4.15pm on Thursday, police responded to an emergency call at the dental office on North Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon, a city about 15 miles northeast of San Diego.

First responders provided ‘lifesaving support’ for three victims. All those involved were inside the office and there were other people inside when the shooting took place, Police Captain Rob Ransweiler said. 

The San Diego Fire Scanner said: ‘The suspect vehicle has been located by a good samaritan at Sixth Ave & Quince St just west of Balboa Park. SDPD officers also located a glock handgun case on the floorboard of the passenger seat.’

At 4.15pm on Thursday, police responded to an emergency call at the dental office on North Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon, a city about 15 miles northeast of San Diego. The suspect, who has been identified as 29-year-old Mohammed Abdulkareem, was said to be armed with a handgun and considered dangerous 

Images of a SWAT team outside of the El Cajon dental office where a shooting unfolded Thursday afternoon

Images of a SWAT team outside of the El Cajon dental office where a shooting unfolded Thursday afternoon

The dead victim was male, according to police who did not publicly identify him.

Authorities said the coroner’s office will be the ones to identify him.

Rob Ransweiler, the city’s Police Captain, briefed the press on Thursday evening. He said officers found the victim who died inside the office as the shooting was still going on and took him outside where they could safely perform lifesaving measures.

The two injured victims were taken to area hospitals. The woman, in her 20s, and the man, in his 40s, were stable of Thursday evening. No other injuries in the office were reported. 

The suspect's vehicle, a white U-Haul pickup truck with Arizona license plate AM14894, was identified shortly after the shooting. Police said they then confirmed that the suspect had rented the truck

The suspect’s vehicle, a white U-Haul pickup truck with Arizona license plate AM14894, was identified shortly after the shooting. Police said they then confirmed that the suspect had rented the truck

Police at the scene. Abdulkareem was taken into custody close to where the vehicle was found. Police did not say whether or not they believe the shooting was targeted and whether they believe the suspect knew any of the victims

Police at the scene. Abdulkareem was taken into custody close to where the vehicle was found. Police did not say whether or not they believe the shooting was targeted and whether they believe the suspect knew any of the victims

The father of the woman who was wounded told Telemundo San Diego that is she is 27 and was shot in the legs. 

Abdulkareem was taken into custody close to where the vehicle was found. Police did not say whether they believe the shooting was targeted and whether they believe the suspect knew any of the victims.

His vehicle, a white U-Haul pickup truck with Arizona license plate AM14894, was identified shortly after the shooting. Police said they then confirmed that the suspect had rented the truck.

The FBI’s San Diego team, as well as the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are aiding the investigation.

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