California Mass Slayings

A history of mass killings in California.

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A patrol vehicle at one of several crime scene in a mass shooting Friday May 23, 2014 in Isla Vista, California.
James McNamara, leader of a union in the midst of a labor dispute over wages and working conditions, planted dynamite outside the LA Times Building on October 1, 1910, killing 21 people. He served a life sentence at San Quentin. (AP Photo)
Days after getting fired in the spring of 1940, former South Pasadena Junior High School principal Verlin Spencer returned to the school and killed five of his colleagues in an on-campus rampage.
Edward C. Allaway, center, shot and killed seven people in the library at California State University in Fullerton, July 12, 1976. Allaway, a school janitor, opened fire in the library before driving to a nearby hotel and reporting his actions to the police. Allaway was found innocent by reason of insanity and remains institutionalized. (AP Photo)
A police officer escorts an injured woman away from the scene of a brutal shooting at a McDonald's restaurant that killed 21 people in San Ysidro, Calif., July 18, 1984.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Ramon Salcido murdered seven people, including his wife, two of his daughters, and his-in laws in Sonoma County on April 14, 1989. The bodies of Sophia Salcido, 4, left, and Teresa Salcido, 2, right, were found dumped at a landfill site, along with their severely wounded sister, Carmina, 3, center. Carmina was the only survivor of her father’s killing spree. Salcido was sentenced to death and remains on death row.
Paramedics transport a wounded victim outside of 101 California Street in San Francisco’s financial district after she was shot by a John Luigi Ferri, who opened fire in the high rise, killing eight people, July 1, 1993. Ferri then committed suidice. (AP Photo/David R. Segal, File)
From left, Christmas Eve shooting victim Sylvia Pardo of Covina, Calif., her friend Roxanne Jauregui of Pomona, Calif., and Bruce Pardo of Covina, Sylvia's former husband. Sylvia and eight of her family members died late Christmas Eve in 2008 when Pardo donned a Santa Claus suit, and burst into his former in-law's home during their holiday party on a shooting rampage. Pardo then torched the home before killing himself hours later. (AP Photo/Courtesy Roxanne Jauregui via the San Gabriel Valley Tribune)
A community member lays a bouquet flowers in front of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, Calif., where a gunman killed eight people, and critically wounded a ninth victim Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Investigators at one of several crime scene after a mass shooting Friday May 23, 2014 in Isla Vista, California.
Emergency personnel at one of several crime scene after a mass shooting Friday May 23, 2014 in Isla Vista, California.
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