Rampage Killer's Suicide Note Found

A search of Ali Syed's computer turns up a farewell message created the day of his shooting spree, investigators say. The note indicates his actions were "premeditated."

A suicide note written the morning of Ali Syed's deadly rampage has been found on his computer, officials said Friday.

Created within an hour of his parents' frantic 9-1-1 call, the note was discovered on a desktop computer removed from the gunman's Ladera Ranch bedroom, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.

The document was titled "Suicide Note" and "might answer some questions regarding Syed’s motive," the release said.

On Feb. 19, Syed shot and killed a 20-year-old woman in his bedroom, then went on a carjacking spree in which he killed two others and wounded three before committing suicide on the border between Orange and Villa Park.

The suicide note indicated Syed's actions were "premeditated and planned," officials said. But investigators found no previous connections between Syed and his victims.

"It certainly appeared within the note [his] victims were just random," Investigator Dan Salcedo told Patch. "It was premeditated, but the victims were unassociated."

Salcedo said family members told investigators Syed spent most of his free time playing video games. Officials declined to identify those games, but the shootings mirrored events in Grand Theft Auto.

No other details about the suicide note were immediately available. "We can't really discuss the content of the suicide note," sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Krause said.

Editor Peter Schelden contributed to this report.

M March 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Imperfect man, you obviously don't have children. Public don't have as much power as you think towards parents abusing their kids. School can make the call to child protective services but little is done. Teaching children as you say is done at the schools because....well that's what they do. Schools are not responsible for a child's morality, integrity etc. that starts at home. A child is a product of their parent and those parents are their role models. Look at this kid whose mother was involved in a hit and run.... where's dad? Parents should are accountable as well as responsible for their child's upbringing no one else is to blame.
Imperfect Man March 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM
M, Moral Values for Public Education. http://rapidintellect.com/AEQweb/mo2418j3.htm "Schools are not responsible for a child's morality, integrity etc. that starts at home." The article directly contradicts your ideology. http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2246/Moral-Education.html "A child is a product of their parent and those parents are their role models." I don't know which century you are quoting this ideal from, but it isn't consistent with the current trends. http://paulkuehn.hubpages.com/hub/Teaching-Moral-Values-in-School-A-Necessary-Part-of-the-Curriculum This document points way back to 1647 and clearly states that it is believed (and has been for centuries) that the school system is what should be teaching morals, not just parents. www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/journals/ed_lead/el_198805_p4.pdf More World wide historical information. http://www.studyplace.org/wiki/Moral_education While it might be comforting presumptions for you to believe I don't have children and therefore I don't know what I am talking about, along with the rest of the false information you posted, you are wrong about both of those presumptions. As far as CPS not responding, please share some current information that supports your statement. I'd like to see it. Adults are the product of the society which teaches them as children - and the modern day role models are NOT parents. Education is a wonderful thing. Try it, you might like it.
Dick Jones April 26, 2013 at 05:24 PM
"FACTS that America is the mental illness capital of the world and that we have 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prison population" Oh really? Facts? Would you care to cite a source? Would you also care to show me a source on the percentage of mental health workers in other places in the world? Would you also care to find us Patch readers studies indicating the number of non violent, victimless criminals serving time? Also, did you know that 87% of statistics is made up on the spot? "You cannot look at those FACTUAL divergent numbers and fail to be impressed and ask yourself why our nation has such a disproportionate number of 'criminals'." Again, factual? You like that word don't you? Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. "Guns are something used to commit an act. Video games and tv shows are tools used to condition people into believing it's okay to use a gun to commit the act." Way to generalize. Tools for who? Are you under the assumption that Hollywood has a master plan to turn their viewers into murderers?
Dick Jones April 26, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Has it ever occurred to you that maybe we have always had nut jobs and criminals but now technology allows for the instant transmission of information across the country and world and we just hear about these events more? Coupled with a growing population, it's to be expected. Would you two suggest a way to actually solve the problem rather than place the blame on outside sources? People with the mentality such as yours is why this country is no longer on a slippery slope, but yet a sheer cliff. You propose your ideologies upon other people in the impossible attempt at a utopian society. Are you even aware that this country is (or at least was) a constitutional republic and not a democracy?
Imperfect Man April 26, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Hello Dick, Providing research and facts to someone who, in the challenge for those facts, discounts facts as more or less impromptu, or on the spot, would be a waste of anyone's time, and effort.. However, I will provide you with a nice "tool" with which to find the information yourself.. in fact, there are several of them.. the short list.. Google, Bing, Yahoo.. these are pretty good resources. You can discount what you don't like and you can use what you do like. Debating with someone who doesn't believe the reliability of statistics is fruitless.. As far as solutions go. I will let you decide what those are.. You seem to be prepared to counter anything that might come up..


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