Authorities have identified four victims who died in a mass shooting in an office building in Southern California this week.
9-year-old Matthew Farias was the youngest victim in the United Homes shooting in Orange on Wednesday night. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said that the child was “trying to save him in this terrible massacre when his mother died in his arms”. The police said he was believed to be the son of one of the victims of the shooting.
Jenevieve Raygoza, 28; Leticia Solis Guzman, 58; Luis Tovar, 50, also called by the authorities Killed for a targeted attack. According to Los Angeles ABC radio station KABC, Tovar is the owner of United Homes, which specializes in the sale of mobile homes and man-made homes.
A female victim in critical condition who was taken to the hospital has not been found. Police said on Friday that she was still in a critical condition, but her condition was stable.
The suspect in the shooting, 44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez (Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez) was charged Friday with four counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, among other charges. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said he was eligible for the death penalty.
Authorities said the suspect was hit in the head and hand during the incident and is still hospitalized in a critical but stable state.
Gonzalez of Fullerton, California, plans to be arraigned from his hospital bed on Friday afternoon, although this situation will continue until Monday, depending on his condition.
His lawyer, Kenneth Morrison, said at the hearing: “I am worried that we may have to continue doing it for a period of time every day,” he pointed out that he will need to determine whether Gonzalez is “conscious and alert.” .
Morrison told ABC News after the hearing last Friday: “Due to his physical condition, he has no right to make an informed and voluntary decision on anything related to this case.”
The court ordered Gonzalez to be remanded to the sheriff’s department. There is no bail.
Police said the shootings were concentrated around the unified housing office. Officials said the attack appeared to be an isolated incident, and the suspect knew and had business or personal relationships with all the victims.
Law enforcement officials told ABC News that it was reported that around 5:30 pm local time, when the suspect entered the courtyard of the office building and started “shooting at the window,” they opened fire.
Authorities said the suspect locked the gate to the company’s yard with a bicycle cable lock, initially to prevent the police from entering. According to the police, the shooter fired at two Orange Police Department personnel, causing them to fight back. The police are investigating whether the suspect suffered self-injury or was shot by the police. The officer was not injured.
The officer opened the lock with bolt cutters and entered the yard. Authorities said they found multiple victims and suspects, who were detained and hospitalized.
The police said investigators also recovered the semi-automatic weapon and a backpack containing pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition at the scene, which they believed was the suspect’s property.
Morrison cautioned against releasing more details of the case at this time.
He told ABC News: “This terrible tragedy poses the greatest test of our judicial system. Will we strictly observe the composition of due process and the protection and fair trial rights granted to all of us.” “The investigation must be protected. Details so that this matter is not heard in the news media, but in the courts. We all need to proceed with caution.”
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is also investigating shooting incidents related to police officers. The office said that once the investigation is completed, any relevant body camera footage will be released.
Spitzer said in a statement: “Taking another person’s life is the most serious crime, and the massacre of multiple people while they are being held in a shooting range is simply frightening.” Residents of Zhixian County can rest assured that the District Attorney’s Office is taking all possible steps to ensure that all aspects of the case and subsequent shooting incidents involving police officers are thoroughly reviewed and judicial assistance is provided to every victim.”
Marlene Lenthang and William Mansell of ABC News contributed to this report.