A pony-tailed man Wednesday afternoon began shooting inside a senior citizen's home in Chula Vista, killing three people before turning the gun on himself.
The attack came in the wake of two school shootings that occurred last month in the San Diego suburbs of Santee and El Cajon.
The unidentified suspect, a resident of Congregational Tower, located on F Street in Chula Vista, a blue-collar community located just south of San Diego, apparently gunned down two people in the lobby and then retreated to his 16th-floor apartment after a brief exchange of gunfire with police, according to Police Lt. Gary Wedge.
Officers conducting a room-to-room search of the high-rise building later found the suspect and another person dead in the suspect's apartment.
Witnesses told San Diego television station KGTV that Congregation Tower had recently hiked rents by $100 per month, and that one of the people killed was the building manager.
Police cordoned off the area around the building and kept neighbors inside for around four hours while SWAT officers searched for the gunman.
One person who was forced to remain in his office after a meeting with constituents was Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., who represents Chula Vista in Congress.
"I don't care what age you are – first it was the schools, now it's the senior center – it doesn't matter what economic group or ethnic group, we're all vulnerable. We all have to be together in solving this," Filner told KGTV.
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