Former Stanford Engineering Student Kills Ex-Girlfriend With Homemade Gun

Police report that former Stanford University engineering student, Scott Bertics, built the gun he allegedly used to kill his ex-girlfriend, Clare Orton, then himself.

Bertics was 21-years old and Orton was 19.

According to the Contra Costa Times, Bertics alleged killed Orton on July 21 in Walnut Creek. Police immediately began investigating the origins of the two guns found at the scene, neither of which had a serial number. Walnut Creek police Lt. Lanny Edwards now reports that Bertics built the guns himself and that the method he used to acquire the various parts was “legal.”

But Edwards points out that Bertics could only find about “80 percent” of the parts necessary to build a gun, so his engineering background may have proved helpful in completing the task. Edwards pointed out, “This should not be seen as something that can easily be done. He knew what he was doing.”

Police are still searching for a motive in the murder/suicide, as Bertics and Orton had not dated since 2013.

Bertics worked with robotics at Stanford during 2013 and 2014. Orton was an honors student at San Diego State.

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