Four people, including a child, were killed and a fifth was critically injured when a gunman opened fire at an office building in a Los Angeles suburb on Wednesday afternoon local time, police said.
The gunfire rang out in a two-story business complex on West Lincoln Avenue in the city of Orange, about 30 miles southeast of LA, around 5:30 p.m., Lt. Jennifer Amat said at a press conference.
When officers responded, shots were actively being fired, Amat told reporters. The gunman was critically wounded when police confronted him, and was later transported to an area hospital. It’s unclear if he was shot by police or if his wound was self-inflicted, cops said.
A fifth female victim was also transported to the hospital in critical condition, Amat said during a later press briefing.
“It’s a very tragic incident and we’re doing our very best to make sure it’s investigated thoroughly,” Amat said.
The identities of the victims were not immediately released and cops were only able to provide scant details by late Wednesday local time. Amat said a gun was found at the scene, but she could not say what type of gun it was, or which business the shooting specifically took place in or how old the child victim was.
Amat did say the shooting, and the cops’ interaction with the suspect, spanned both stories of the complex and an adjoining courtyard.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jesse O’Neill and Gabrielle Fonrouge