OC Officials, Victims' Family Decry Transfer of Mass Murderer - NBC Bay Area

OC Officials, Victims' Family Decry Transfer of Mass Murderer

OC Officials, Victims' Family Decry Transfer of Mass Murderer
Edward C. Allaway, center, alleged killer of seven persons at California State University two days earlier, is led into Orange County courthouse July 14,1976. Allaway, was arraigned on seven counts of murder and held without bail. The prosecution asked for a death penalty under a California provision covering mass murders. Officer escorts are not identified. (AP Photo)

Orange County officials and victims' family members on Friday spoke out against the state hospital transfer of Edward Charles Allaway, the criminally insane gunman who killed seven people in a mass shooting at Cal State Fullerton 40 years ago.

Allaway was transferred from Patton State Hospital to another facility in Napa County that was described as "less secure" in a move the Orange County District Attorney said may indicate prison officials' eventually intent to release him.

Allaway, found guilty of the shooting by reason of insanity, fired 23 rounds during the attack has been housed at Patton State Hospital. The attack, which lasted about five minutes, left two others wounded.

Allaway was a janitor at the Orange County campus. He chased some of the victims, tracking them down by using elevators and stairs to move around during the rampage. Allaway fired into a graphic arts studio and library before driving to a hotel where his wife worked.

He then called police to surrender.

It was the worst mass shooting in Orange county until the 2011 shooting at a Seal Beach hair salon that killed eight people.

Allaway has the legal right to petition annually for release from Patton State Hospital, where he was transferred in 1995 from Atascadero State Mental Hospital. He filed for release in 1986, 1991, 1994 and 2000. In 2001, there was a two-month trial in which he was found unfit for release.

The Orange County District Attorney's office has opposed his release, arguing that he poses an unreasonable risk to public safety, if set free.