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Seal Beach Massacre: Timeline

A timeline of events surrounding the investigation into Orange County's worst mass shooting

By Christina Cocca
|  Friday, May 2, 2014  |  Updated 6:05 PM PDT
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Seal Beach Massacre: Timeline

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Jameel Assad pauses at a memorial set up outside the Salon Meritage where alleged gunman Scott Dekraai shot and killed eight people and wounded one, Thursday Oct. 13, 2011 in Seal Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Two and a half years after the worst mass shooting in Orange County history,  the alleged gunman, 44-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai, pleaded guilty in court Friday. Eight people were killed Oct. 12, 2011, including Dekraai's ex-wife.

October 12, 2011A gunman opened fire inside a Seal Beach salon, shooting and killing eight people. He was captured about a half-mile from the Salon Meritage. Scott Evans Dekraai, then 41, a former tugboat crewman who served in the military, was arrested on suspicion of murder. His ex-wife, Michelle Fournier, was among those killed.

October 13, 2011: More than 1,000 mourners gathered for a prayer service and candlelight vigil to honor the memory of eight Seal Beach residents gunned down in a shooting rampage and pray for the lone survivor who escaped with her life.

October 2011: District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced Dekraai will be charged with 8 counts of murder and he will seek the death penalty.

October 2011: A newly released 911 call provides a chilling insight into the Seal Beach massacre just minutes after gunfire began at Salon Meritage.

October 2011: Mourners gathered at Grace Community Church of Seal Beach to honor eight people who were killed in the shooting rampage.

November 2011: Court documents alleged that Dekraai "knew exactly what he was doing" and told police he spent time plotting out the massacre at the beach that morning.

November 2011: Dekraai was sued by the family of one of his alleged victims -- his ex-wife.

November 2011: A second family sued Dekraai.

November 2011: judge ruled that cameras will be allowed in court during an upcoming hearing for Dekraai. 

January 2012: Trustees of a fund set up for those affected by a mass shooting in Seal Beach announced that a final batch of money had been distributed.

January 2012: Dekraai pleaded not guilty to eight counts of murder a day after a grand jury indictment was handed down in an attempt to speed the legal process.

March 2012: The salon began an extensive remodel five months after the shooting.

April 2012: An Orange County judge ordered the release of portions of the grand jury testimony in the case against Dekraai. Gordon Gallego told the jury that he heard a coworker scream, "You don't have to do this; please don't kill me," during the worst massacre in Orange County history.

October 2012: The widow of the owner of the Seal Beach beauty salon where eight people were killed filed a lawsuit alleging that her insurance company did not fully pay off on a policy for work interruption.

October 2012: The first anniversary of the Seal Beach massacre was an unavoidable reality for a quiet community that experienced one of the most violent days in the state.

November 2012: More than a year after Salon Meritage in Seal Beach became the site of the largest mass killing in OC history, the salon would re-open with a new owner, a new location and a new look.

March 2014: Dekraai's trial was split into two parts in hopes of speeding up the continually delayed murder case, a judge ruled.

April 28, 2014: Dekraai's defense attorney announced he has agreed to plead guilty in court on May 2.

May 2, 2014: Dekraai pleaded guilty to eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in an Orange County Superior Court.


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