Last victim of OC shootings may have been lured

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Ali Syed in Tustin Police Department photo. (AP Photo)

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – An Orange County man accused of killing three people during a shooting rampage last month may have lured the last victim to his death, according to court documents obtained by a newspaper.

Construction worker Jeremy Lewis received a phone call before driving to a parking lot where he encountered the suspected shooter, 20-year-old Ali Syed. Lewis died in that parking lot after being shot repeatedly, according to the Orange County Register.

“Based on the phone call received by Jeremy Lewis, and the fact that Lewis drove his vehicle to meet with the suspect, it became apparent that the suspect lured the victim to this location to kill him,” Tustin police Detective Colton Kirwan wrote in court documents. The documents were in support of a search warrant for Syed’s and Lewis’ cellphones and other information.

Detectives are reviewing phone records and did not disclose why Syed would have Lewis’ phone number or what their relationship may have been, according to Tustin police Lt. Paul Garavan.

Deputies found Courtney Aoki, 20, dead of multiple gunshot wounds before dawn on Feb. 19 at the home Syed shared with his parents in Ladera Ranch. Authorities have not disclosed how Syed knew Aoki.

Syed fled in his parents’ SUV before carjacking or attempting to carjack at least four people. Syed went on to kill two more people – 69-year-old Melvin Edwards and Lewis – and injured several others before fatally shooting himself in the head, police said.

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