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Was custody battle shooting motive?

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NEW: The suspect's ex-wife was reportedly among those killed

NEW: Report: Neighbors say the two were involved in a custody battle

Police have not divulged a motive in the shooting

Six people were found dead inside the salon; two others later died

Editor’s Note: For more on the story, visit CNN affiliate KTLA.

Los Angeles CNN —  

The death toll in Wednesday afternoon’s mass shooting at a Southern California beauty salon rose to eight as Seal Beach police reported two of three critically injured survivors died.

A ninth person, a woman, was critically injured in the incident about 1:21 p.m. Wednesday at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, California, police said. Officers responding to the sound of shots fired at the salon found six people – a man and five women – dead inside the business. Three people were taken to a hospital, where two more – a man and a woman – died from their injuries, Seal Beach police Sgt. Steve Bowles told reporters Wednesday.

Police arrested Dekraai without incident as he was trying to leave the scene in a vehicle two blocks from the salon, police said. Dekraai was in possession of the three guns and “a significant amount of ammunition in his truck,” prosecutors said.

Authorities have not divulged a motive for the shootings, but CNN affiliate KTLA reported that De Kraai’s ex-wife, Michelle, was a stylist at the salon, and that the two were involved in a custody battle over their son.

Michelle De Kraai was among those killed in the shooting, according to KTLA.

Scott De Kraai’s neighbors told the station that he moved into his Huntington Beach home with his son several years ago, but that he was upset about having joint custody of the child. “I know there was a custody battle,” neighbor Jo Cornhall told KTLA.

One of Michelle De Kraai’s neighbors, who was not named, told KTLA that she took out a restraining order against her ex-husband on Tuesday.

An online search of Orange County court records shows the couple filed for divorce in 2007, with activity in the case continuing through this week. A child custody evaluator was appointed by the court in April, records show.

Not everyone in the salon was shot, Bowles said Wednesday. “It appears that the salon was busy at the time, and it appears as if almost every hair station was occupied,” he added.

The people shot appeared to be seeking shelter or cover during the shooting, Bowles said. Victims were scattered throughout the salon, and one of the injured was a man who was found outside the salon – the only victim found outdoors – Bowles said.

The suspect was arrested by police a half mile from the salon as he was driving a vehicle, Bowles said.

“We don’t have the make and the model of the weapon” used in the shooting, he said. “There was a weapon recovered at the scene of the apprehension of the suspect.

Police don’t know whether the gunman made any utterances during the mass shooting.

Gunshot wounds were “at all different locations on the bodies,” he said.

The Salon Meritage, in the 500 block of Pacific Coast Highway, is within blocks of the Pacific Ocean.

The shooting is the deadliest in Orange County history, KTLA said. In 1976, Edward Charles Allaway shot nine people, killing seven, at California State University Fullerton.

CNN’s Ashley Hayes, Michael Martinez and Carey Bodenheimer contributed to this report.