Orange, California (AP)-On Friday, a man was charged with murder and attempted murder in a shooting in an office building in Southern California that killed four people, including a nine-year-old boy.
The Orange County prosecutor said Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, was charged with the murder of two police officers who were shot when they arrived at the shooting scene late Wednesday. Authorities said that Gaziola had locked the gate in a commercial building closed with bicycle cable locks before the attack.
District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement: “Taking someone’s life is the most serious crime, and the massacre of many people locked in a shooting range is really horrific. fear.”
Gashiola is expected to be arraigned in the hospital on Friday. He was in critical but stable condition. He was shot and killed in the attack and the authorities are investigating whether he was shot by the police or blew himself up.
The authorities have not yet officially confirmed the deaths of the four people who were attacked in the office of the mobile home brokerage Unified Homes. They said that there is a commercial and personal relationship between the suspect and the adult victim, and the shooting is not a random act of violence.
A family member determined that 50-year-old Luis Tovar was among the victims, who owned a unified house.
“Our world collapsed,” 28-year-old Vania Tovar, one of Tovar’s five children, told the Orange County Chronicle.
His other child, Thalia Tovar, said on the GoFundMe page that her sister Genevieve Raygoza was also killed. She said Leticia Solis and a young boy, Matthew Farias, were also among the victims.
A post on the same page of GoFundMe identified Farias’ mother Blanca Tamayo as a survivor of the attack.
Gashiola from nearby Fullerton lived in a motel in nearby Anaheim and used a rented car to arrive at the office building on Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday. The police said that he tied the front and back doors to the building and was found in a security video, wearing a headscarf, brandishing a semi-automatic pistol, and dragging a backpack containing pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition.
According to the police, there were reports of a shooting incident in Orange, and the personnel were rushed to the scene within two minutes. They exchanged gunfire with the shooter through the gate before the shot was cut off. A man was found dead in one office, a woman was found in another office, and another woman was found at an outdoor landing site upstairs.
Spitzer said the boy tried to protect him from shooting and appeared to be killed in his mother’s arms.
Scott Clark, the owner of Calco Financial, is only two doors away from the Unity House. He said that he has seen about 10 people working inside the Unity House, but does not know them very well. He said that he had chatted with Luis Tovar, sometimes invited him to take a break in his office, and described him as working hard.
“He is there day and night,” Clark said.
Multiple murders have qualified Gashiola to be sentenced to death. Spitzer said Thursday that he has not yet decided whether to seek it in this situation.
The violence is the third mass shooting in the country in just over two weeks. Last week, a gunman shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. A week ago, at 3 hot spring baths in the Atlanta area, 6 of the 8 victims were Asian women.
In 2015, Gaxiola was charged with child abuse and other charges in Orange County. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge and was sentenced to one day in jail. Anaheim spokesperson Lauren Gold said that all other charges were dismissed and the convictions were dropped in 2017.