Officials give update in Orange, California, mass shooting

Officials give update in Orange, California, mass shooting

04/01/2021

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Officials offered an update about the Los Angeles-area mass shooting that left four people, including a child, dead Wednesday night.

Authorities provided some answers about the bloodbath at a two-story office complex in Orange — where an accused gunman opened fire around 5:30 p.m. local time.

County District Attorney Todd Spitzer identified the lone shooter as Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, 44, of Fullerton, had “issues” with his co-workers at the location, a real estate office suite, Spitzer said.

The suspect was wounded after he was confronted by police and taken to an area hospital. It wasn’t clear whether his wound was self-inflicted or if he was shot by cops.

Bystander video showed the bloodied gunman being dragged out of the building by police.

A fifth victim, a woman, was also hospitalized in critical condition, police said Wednesday night.

Orange Police Department Lt. Jennifer Amat told reporters that when officers arrived at the scene on West Lincoln Avenue, the suspect was still firing. The slaughter began inside one of the building’s suites before moving into the courtyard, she said.

The complex houses roughly a dozen businesses, including a Farmers Insurance office, a financial consulting firm, a phone repair shop and a mental health counseling office.

A firearm was recovered at the scene.

The Wednesday shooting was the worst the city of Orange has seen since 1997, when a man seeking revenge on his employer gunned down four people.

The California rampage is the third mass shooting in the US in three weeks. Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in shootings at spas near Atlanta, Georgia, and 10 were murdered at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

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