Seal Beach Massacre 911 Audio Released

A newly released 911 call (embedded, above) provides a chilling insight into the Seal Beach Massacre just minutes after gunfire began at Salon Meritage on Wednesday.

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"Hey, we got some shootings over here in Seal Beach," said the frantic caller.

Screaming and panicked conversations can be heard in the background of the call. The caller gives a description of the shooter, who the caller said walked away and fled in a truck.

After being transferred, the caller stops talking to the dispatcher, although he stays on the phone.

Amid the dispatcher repeatedly saying "hello," others can be heard talking in the background. At one point, a woman shrieks.

A man can heard yelling, "Anybody else not involved in this, I need you back."

The call was made just moments after a two-minute shooting spree that resulted in the deaths of eight people. One woman is still hospitalized in critical condition.

The California Highway Patrol released the recordings to NBC4 News on Friday.

The suspect, 41-year-old Scott Evans Dekraai, was arrested about a half mile away from the scene of the shooting. Three firearms were seized from his truck, according to police.

Prosecutors allege Dekraai went into the salon, shot his ex-wife Michelle Marie Fournier, and then continued shooting at customers and employees.

Nine people were shot. Eight of the victims died.


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"The reason for this rampage -- revenge. We believe the defendant committed this unimaginable act of violence because he wanted to kill his ex-wife over a custody dispute concerning their 8-year-old son," said Orange County District Attorney DA Tony Rackauckas at a news conference Friday morning.

Dekraai appeared in court Friday for an arraignment, which was postponed until Nov. 29.

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