TUSTIN, Calif.—The 20-year-old woman who was the first victim in a shooting rampage across Southern California was an aspiring actress who had a social media alter-ego named "Kitty Kitanna," according to a report published Friday.

Courtney Aoki had a Facebook page under the assumed name and predicted in a 2010 YouTube video that she'd be famous in five years, The Orange County Register reported ( http://bit.ly/WWYxbX).

Police are still trying to piece together how Aoki knew the man police say shot and killed her before going on a rampage that left two others dead and at least three injured. The gunman, 20-year-old Ali Syed, shot himself in the head Tuesday as authorities closed in.

Aoki, of Anaheim, was killed at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday in the southern Orange County home that Syed—an unemployed part-time community college student—shared with his parents.

Detectives are combing through computer and cell phone records for the two, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

Syed's parents told police they had never seen Aoki before, Amormino said.

An ex-boyfriend of Aoki said she wasn't successful as an actress despite many auditions.

"I don't believe anybody hired her," said Roger Azevedo, 22. "They never called her back."

Aoki was preparing to start massage school, said her mother, Annette Aoki.

She was a fan of zombies and vampires and made home movies with friends.


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"I always told her to be careful, you don't know who these people are," Annette Aoki said of her daughter's unsuccessful auditions. "She was a very smart girl, book smart, not so much street smart."

Syed stole his parents' car after shooting Aoki multiple times and then killed two more people during carjackings and shot at cars on a busy freeway interchange during a rampage that covered 25 miles but lasted just an hour.

He shot himself in the head at an intersection in Orange.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com