Police said a gunman rammed an office building in southern California and killed four people, including a 9-year-old boy. They knew all the victims and their motives might involve personal or business relationships.
“This is not random violence,” Orange Police Lieutenant Lt Jennifer Amat said in a small two-story building in Orange southeast of Los Angeles on Thursday.
Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, has been identified as a suspicious shooter. He is in a critical but stable condition. Amat said that it is unclear whether he was wounded by the police or shot dead.
Gonzalez, from nearby Fullerton, was living in a motel in nearby Anaheim and used a rented car to reach the office building on Lincoln Street. The police said he used bicycle cable locks to tie the front and back doors to the building and was found in a security video, wearing a headscarf, wielding a semi-automatic pistol, and dragging a backpack containing pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition. .
Authorities said his goal is Unified Homes, a mobile home brokerage business.
The victims included a 9-year-old boy who was held in the arms of an injured woman who was in critical condition but in stable condition. A family member identified a victim as 50-year-old Luis Tovar, who owned Unified Homes.
“Our world collapsed,” Vania Tovar, 28, one of Tovar’s five children, told the Orange County roster.
His other child, Thalia Tovar, said on the GoFundMe page that her sister Genevieve Raygoza was also killed. She also said that the victims included Leticia Solis and a young boy, Matthew Farias. A post on the same page of GoFundMe identified Farias’ mother, Blanca Tamayo, as the woman injured in the attack.
County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Carrie Braun (Carrie Braun) said that Orange County coroner officials will not immediately confirm the identity of the victim.
Amat said that there were reports that after the shooting occurred in Orange, personnel were rushed to the scene within two minutes. They exchanged gunfire with the shooter through a door before opening the lock. 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.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said: “In this terrible massacre, a young boy was trying to save him and his mother died in his arms.
Amat said that the initial motivation is believed to be related to the business and personal relationship between the suspect and the victim. She said that the exact relationship is still being determined.
The violence is the third mass shooting in the country in just over two weeks. Last week, a gunman shot and killed 10 people in 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.
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 he doesn’t 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.
Clark left his office around 4.45 on Wednesday afternoon, earlier than usual. He said: “I must have an angel from God to take care of me and let me leave for an hour longer than usual.”
Gonzalez was charged with child abuse and other charges in Orange County in 2015. 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.