first_imgALISO VIEJO – A 19-year-old in a black cape and helmet went on a shooting rampage Saturday in this upscale Southern California neighborhood, killing a man and his daughter before committing suicide, authorities said. William Freund, 19, left his home about 9 a.m. and drove less than 100 yards to a house where he shot and killed 22-year-old Christina Smith and her 45-year-old father Vernon Smith with a shotgun, said Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino. A 20-year-old man, who was the brother and son of the victims, also was in the house. He fled from the gunman and ran out the back of the house after hearing the shots, Amormino said. After leaving the house, Freund walked across the street and fired into another house, Amormino said. A person inside suffered cuts from broken glass. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Another neighbor who heard the commotion came outside and was confronted by Freund, who tried to fire his weapon, Amormino said. When it misfired, Freund returned to his own house and committed suicide, he said. Authorities said the motive for the shootings was unknown and there was no known link between Freund and the victims. “It may have been random,” Amormino said. Police tape blocked off much of the large subdivision in the hills above Aliso Viejo, a wealthy section of south Orange County where median home prices exceed $600,000. Built in 1995, the neighborhood of mostly beige two-story homes was quiet Saturday afternoon, with people washing their cars and children in Halloween costumes playing in the street. People who lived in the neighborhood were troubled by the violence, describing it as a family community where residents often socialize. “For this neighborhood, it’s shocking,” said 33-year-old resident Ian Brown. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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