Again, armed man holds California hostage, kills four

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The gun violence rocking the United States took a new turn on Thursday when a 33-year-old man killed four people in California.

He was subsequently arrested after dropping a knife and a gun following a two-hour rampage in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, south-east of Los Angeles.

Police said the series of robberies and stabbings appeared to be random and the only known motives were “robbery, hate, homicide.”

“We know this guy was full of anger and he harmed a lot of people tonight,” Garden Grove police lieutenant, Carl Whitney, said.

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He told a news conference that police were called first to a burglary at an apartment where no-one was hurt.

But a bakery was later robbed as well as an insurance business, where a woman was stabbed several times in the back.

Police were then called back to the same apartment complex where two men had been stabbed. One died on a balcony and another died at a hospital.

The suspect’s silver Mercedes was tracked to the car park of a 7-Eleven store in Santa Ana, where a security guard was disarmed and stabbed to death and an employee of a nearby Subway store was killed.

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