Santa Monica shooting suspect's dad abusive, records allege

John Zawahri Santa Monica Police Dept.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. Court records allege years of turmoil between the parents of the young man who fatally shot five people in Santa Monica, Calif., last week.

Documents obtained Monday quote the mother of John Zawahri describing his father as "verbally abusive and controlling" during their marriage.

The father sought divorce in 1993, and his mother was working on divorce papers in 1998.

Zawahri's mother also requested a restraining order against her husband in 1998.

After a separation, the mother claimed her husband threatened to take their two young sons to Canada, struck her and stole her divorce papers. She said she was afraid to press charges. Her restraining order request was dismissed when she missed a court hearing.

Zawahri fatally shot his father, brother and three other victims on Friday.

Classes resumed Monday at Santa Monica College, three days after Zawahri went on a shooting rampage on and near the campus, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The main campus reopened for finals at 7 a.m. Monday but the school's library remains closed. The station reports extra security was present and counseling was made available to students, faculty and staff.


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