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Authorities Talk About Possible Motive For Central Coast Rampage Which Left Five Dead

(Santa Maria Fire Department photo)
A mobile home burning in the wake of an attack which left five people dead in Santa Maria last Friday.

Investigators now think two men shot to death on the Central Coast as part of a chain reaction which left five dead were targeted because the gunman was being evicted. Santa Maria Police detectives say Claude Adams was being evicted from a mobile home park because of a dispute with the two victims, Kurt Brake and Richard Hansen.

They say on Friday, Adams shot the two men to death at a golf course adjacent to the mobile home park. When Adams returned to his mobile home, there was an explosion and fire.

The bodies of Adams, his wife, and adult son were found in the remains of the home. The causes of death for the three family members haven’t been released yet.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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