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Audio: Terrified Parents of Ali Syed Call 9-1-1 After Shotgun Blast

Police release the taped phone call and the photo of Courtney Aoki, 20, Syed's alleged first victim.

ABOVE, hear the 9-1-1 recording of Ali Syed's parents reporting gunfire in their house.

"Somebody's shot... I heard a gunshot," his mother tells an emergency dispatcher.

"I think they got into a fight or something, and we heard a gunshot," his father says. "My son is younger, he sometimes has friends over, I don't know all the details at this point."

"We were asleep, we heard something, it sounded like a gunshot," the father said. "It came down, I don't know, I didn't want to get involved right now I'm just saying—."

When the dispatcher asks him to go into Syed's room, the father refuses.

Police say Syed, 20, a part-time Saddleback College student living in his parents' Ladera Ranch home, used a 12-gauge shotgun to kill three people and then himself Tuesday.

Authorities say Syed shot 20-year-old Courtney Aoki of Buena Park multiple times, killing her inside his Ladera Ranch home early Tuesday morning.

In 2010, at age 18, Aoki participated in a summer acting program put on by the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Police released a photo of Jeremy Lewis, 27, a construction worker Syed shot and killed near the Micro Center at Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana.

Law enforcement spent three hours Wednesday in autopsy. Toxicology tests will not be available for another six to eight weeks, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Video Game-Playing Loner

A former student of Junipero Serra continuation school in San Juan Capistrano, the 20-year-old Syed was unemployed and took one class at Saddleback College on computer maintenance, Amormino said.

He lived in the first floor of his parents' Ladera Ranch home. They lived on the third floor, Amormino said.

Syed's extensive free time was spent alone in his room playing video games, Amormino said. He did not know how many hours a day Syed spent playing these game, and would not say what games Syed played.

The shotgun used in the spree was legally purchased by Syed’s father about a year ago, Amormino said.

No illegal drugs were found in Syed’s room, Amormino said.

Deputies have yet to confirm Syed’s relationship to Aoki. Aoki’s occupation was not confirmed by police Wednesday.

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JustUs March 01, 2013 at 08:39 PM
"@J.U. The Saddleback student newspaper asserted the shotgun was purchased for Ali as a gift: "The weapon used Tuesday morning by Ali Syed was a .12-gauge pump action shotgun that was purchased a year ago and given to him as a gift from his father." And from what proof source did they obtain this information, Peter? It's not cited, right? I never believe anything I read as fact unless it is confirmed and documented. And why haven't any of the big media news print souces picked up on this? Why would you place any credence in this assertion by a news source that does not disclose where they obtained this information? I would appreciate you reply as a news reporter. Thank you.
JustUs March 01, 2013 at 09:01 PM
"I am making no such assertion." Think about this, Peter. If Subject #1 purchased a gun in California and gifted that gun to his friend or relative (Subject #2) without legally transferring that weapon to Subject #2 - to the best of my knowledge that constitutes a violation of the California's penal code. To my knowledge such a transaction must to go through a licensed firearms dealer or appropriate authorities. Now, I assume that if a local media source somehow knew that Syed's father gifted a gun to his son that was later used as a murder weapon, that the local police authorities would know about this as well. Is that safe to assume? And if a violation of the law occurred, especially when it came to the transfer of a weapon that was used in the commission of a homicide(s), I would assume that the police would take action against the suspected parties involved. Do you think that is a safe assumption, Peter? Have the police arrested Syed's father? If they did I certainly haven't heard about it.
Peter Schelden March 01, 2013 at 09:22 PM
@J.U. (and this will have to be my last response, for the sake of time). "It's not cited, right?" Correct. "I never believe anything I read as fact unless it is confirmed and documented." I didn't say anything as to the verity of this claim, only that it has been reported, which it has. "Why would you place any credence in this assertion..." I do not give it particular credence. The way I would characterize the possible gifting of the shotgun is that it remains to be determined. "I assume that if a local media source somehow knew that Syed's father gifted a gun to his son that was later used as a murder weapon, that the local police authorities would know about this as well. Is that safe to assume?" Not necessarily. This assumes "the local police authorities" think with one unified, hive mind. Not necessarily so. This is all part of an ongoing and lengthy investigation with many working parts. One investigator might have revealed to the Lariat reporter something unknown to others in the sheriff's department. "And if a violation of the law occurred, especially when it came to the transfer of a weapon that was used in the commission of a homicide(s), I would assume that the police would take action against the suspected parties involved." Potentially, yes, but not necessarily. I'd have to ask the district attorney about that, and so far their office has not said anything to that effect. "Have the police arrested Syed's father?" Not to my knowledge, no.
JustUs March 01, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Thank you for your reply, Peter. Personally, I cannot take a news source seriously that does not cite the source of quite as astounding assertion. In fact, I disregard the statement completely until I am told where the assertion originated. And I would not believe the source unless it was credible. And I have never been a journalist. It would be difficult for me to believe that the police would not at least follow up on information posed by a journalist (if they did not have the information beforehand), especially if the crime involved multiple murders. And if there were others who committed crimes that may have been either directly or indirectly responsible for the murders I would find it hard to believe that the police would not take immediate action against such individuals. We are not talking property theft here, Peter. We are talking multiple murders of innocent people. On the other hand if no other crimes were committed that were prosecutable, no one else would be arrested or charged. The fact is that if certain firearms are gifted to someone in California without being LEGALLY transferred through proper means by a licensed firearms dealer and/or other authorities - it is a crime. Let's make no mistake about that one. Thanks for the discussion, Peter. I respect the fact that a reporter like yourself is willing to offer input on these various topics.
Claudia March 07, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I totally agree with you. His parents are absolute idiots and should be held liable. What father in their right mind buys a disfunctional teenage kid a shotgun???!!! It is absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!!! I hope everyone is also aware of Mrs. Syed's hit and run accident a couple of years ago (where she was at fault). It was featured on KFI AM radio most recently. Mrs. Syed almost killed a mother and her 3 year old child (who sufferered many operations to hopefully recover) and fled the scene of the accident. The police were able to find her because she made an insurance claim on the damages of her car shortly afterwards. She is unethical, these people should bow their heads in shame. God bless the poor innocent victims of their violent son. It is they and their families who are in pain today. It is the victims who should be remembered and be prayed for.

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