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Shooter John Zawahri's Father Was Abusive, Mother Charged

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(FOX 11 / AP) The mother of a gunman who fatally shot five people during a rampage on a Southern California college campus said her husband became abusive five years into their marriage when she moved from Lebanon to join him in the U.S., according to court records obtained by The Associated Press.

Seeking a restraining order in 1998, gunman John Zawahri's mother, Randa Abdou, wrote that her husband once told her: "If I had a gun it would be over."

Investigators were trying to determine whether the family's problems played any role in the killings, which came Friday as Santa Monica College students were taking final exams. Authorities were tracing the firearms to determine the owner and how Zawahri was in possession of so much ammunition.

Abdou also said her husband had threatened to take their two young sons to Canada after the couple separated at the time, and that he once punched her and stole her jewelry, purse and divorce papers she had started filling out.

Authorities said John Zawahri, 23, shot his father, Samir Zawahri, and his brother, Christopher Zawahri, on Friday, leaving their home in flames before shooting at strangers in cars and at Santa Monica College during a 15-minute rampage.

The former student at the school was heavily armed and carried a duffel bag with 1,300 rounds of ammunition before officers killed him in the campus library.

Abdou cut short a visit with family in Lebanon to return to Los Angeles on Sunday and had spoken with investigators, who hoped she could provide clues to what sparked the violence.

Neighbor Beverly Meadows said Abdou told her by phone Monday that she was in mourning and concerned about those who were hurt.

Abdou has not spoken to the media.

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