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Seal Beach to Hold Town Hall On Salon Shooting

Presentations from the police department, the Orange County Fire Authority, and the District Attorney's office are planned

By Scott Weber
|  Thursday, Oct 27, 2011  |  Updated 4:12 PM PDT
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The City of Seal Beach will hold a town hall meeting to update the community and discuss the emergency response to the salon massacre that left 8 people dead, the largest mass-murder in Orange County history.

Presentations from the police department, the Orange County fire Authority, and the District Attorney's office are planned, with each outlining their response and the events that followed the tragic events.

Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, of Huntington Beach, is accused of shooting innocent victims inside and outside the Seal Beach Salon Meritage on October 13. He is charged with eight felony counts of special circumstances murder for committing multiple murders and one felony count of attempted murder.

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District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who announced he will seek the death penalty against Dekraai, will explain the latest developments in the case and take questions from the public, said Farrah Emami, spokesperson for the Orange County DA.

The Town Hall will also provide the community with grief resources.

"A Crisis response team, made up of mostly volunteers, will be talking to the community about the various stages of grief they may be going through," said Mark Persico, Seal Beach's director of development services.

The event will be being at 7:00 p.m. at McGaugh Elementary School Auditorium on 1698 Bolsa Avenue, Seal Beach.

Nearly 20 people were inside the Meritage when the shooting began. Prosecutors say Dekraai was involved in a child custody dispute with his ex-wife, who worked at the salon and was killed.

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