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Records Reveal Turmoil In Santa Monica Gunman’s Family

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SANTA MONICA (CBS/AP) — More information has emerged about the gunman who fatally shot five people in Santa Monica including his father and brother.

Court records obtained Monday allege years of turmoil between the parents of John Zawahri.

The documents quote the mother of 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.

Meanwhile, Santa Monica College reopened under extra security in the wake the deadly rampage.

Students returning Monday to the Southern California campus were able to retrieve backpacks, cars and other property they left behind when they fled on Friday.

The college also had grief counselors available.

All buildings were reopened except for the campus library. That’s where police shot and killed Zawahri after he killed his father, older brother and three other people in a rampage that began in the father’s Santa Monica home and moved onto the campus.

A vigil is planned in front of the library Monday evening.

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