Authorities said that Wednesday, a shooting incident in an office building in southern California killed four people, including a child, and resulted in a series of high-profile gun violence that killed people for nearly a month. .
According to local police, the shooting occurred at about 5:30 pm in Orange, California, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. He said that the fifth victim was a woman who was hospitalized because of her serious injuries.
Authorities said the suspect was also admitted to the critical care hospital for gunshot wounds. They added that it is unclear whether the wound was a self-injured person.
Lieutenant Jennifer Amart, a spokeswoman for the Orange Police Department, said at a news conference on Wednesday evening that after the shooting, the officer responded to 202 West Lincoln Avenue near Glasson Street.
The police said that when the police officers arrived, they were still shooting, and the police found several victims.
Emma Soto, 26, lives in an apartment near the building. She said she was washing clothes when she heard 7 to 10 gunshots.
She said: “It sounds like a sudden sound.” “It doesn’t sound like it was imagined in the movie. We heard all these shootings were happening, so I just thought, “Another shooting.” But we never thought we would be so close to us.”
Ms. Soto said that almost immediately after hearing the gunfire, several police cars stopped. She watched the officer come out of the vehicle with a weapon. She said that the officer rushed to the building.
Ms. Soto, the manager of a large store nearby, said the neighborhood is usually quiet and peaceful, mostly Hispanic. “It’s scary,” she said of the shooting.
Hope Orozco, 27, was in a neighbor’s house with her 3-year-old son when she said she heard gunshots. She said her son likes to watch the neighbor’s children play the popular fighting video game “Call of Duty.” She said that at first, she mistook the commotion outside for the sound of the game.
“I thought,’Wait, did it come from TV?'” Orozco said. After noticing that all players were connected to headphones, she realized that this was true.
Hector Gomez and Edgar Gonzalez worked for a roofing company on the first floor of the building where the shooting occurred. The two men and residents at the scene Wednesday night said they believe the shooting occurred in a real estate office on the second floor. The windows of the office seemed to be shot out.
Mr. Gomez said that the lady in charge of the office sold mobile homes and often took her son to the building.
Gomez said: “He is a cute little boy.”
The two men said they were convinced that the woman and her son were the victims. After the police conducted an investigation late at night, the woman’s SUV was still in the parking lot.
When the shooting happened, Mr. Gomez and Mr. Gonzalez usually left the office around 5:30 in the afternoon. On Wednesday, they left early. They came back after hearing the boss’ shooting.
Gomez said: “It may be us.” “I don’t want to say this, but it may be us. Because we will always be the last here.”
Orange is less than 6 miles (139,000 kilometers) from Disneyland. On Wednesday evening, about a dozen policemen and fire trucks blocked Lincoln Street. Most of the squatting commercial building where the shooting occurred was surrounded by houses and apartment buildings.
Orange’s beige low-rise buildings have several companies, including a property management company, an insurance agency and a consulting company.
An owner of an auto repair shop next door who asked not to be named said he heard four gunshots. He said that a few minutes later, the police surrounded the building.
He said he heard at least ten gunshots since then, although he still doesn’t know what happened.
He said: “It’s really strange that something like this happened next door.” “We’ve never heard such a thing before.”
Lieutenant Emmet called the shooting “a tragedy for the victims, their families, our community and our police station.” She said Wednesday’s shooting was since the massacre at the Caltrans pit in 1997 In the most serious homicide, the gunman killed four people and was later killed by the police in a gun battle.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (Gavin Newsom) said on Twitter that the shooting shocked him.
“Frightening and heartbreaking,” he said. “Our hearts are with the family affected by this terrible tragedy tonight.”
Democratic representative Katie Porter expressed condolences to Twitter during the shooting, and the Democrats’ area includes a part of Orange.
She said: “I feel very sad about the reports of mass shootings in Orange County. While we continue to learn more, I continue to keep the victims and their loved ones in my mind.” “I And my team will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
In March, there were two mass shootings within a week, one in Atlanta and the other in Boulder, Colorado. On March 16, in Atlanta, a gunman shot and killed eight people in three hot spring baths, including six Asian women. On March 22, a man stormed into a grocery store in Boulder, killing 10 people.
According to the violence plan, before the Atlanta shooting, it had been a year since the mass shooting in a public place.
Louis Keene is from Orange, California, Neil Vigdor from Greenwich, Connecticut, and Jacey Fortin from New York. Manny Fernandez provided the report from Los Angeles.