Suspect argued with ex-wife before salon shootings

By AMY TAXIN | November 2, 2011 | 2:45 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the suspect in the Seal Beach, Calif., hair salon rampage that killed eight people told police he thought about shooting his ex-wife after arguing with her over custody of their 8-year-old son.

A statement supporting a search warrant filed in Orange County Superior Court says Scott Dekraai told an investigator he argued with Michelle Fournier by phone the morning of Oct. 12, then took three handguns and ammunition, donned a bulletproof vest and drove to a nearby beach where he got out and pondered shooting her.

The statement written by Detective Andrew Stowers says Dekraai told an investigator he then drove to the salon and shot Fournier and others.

Dekraai is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 29 on eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.