Detailed information about a mass shooting at an office building in southern California began Thursday morning, which killed four people, including a nine-year-old boy, including the night before.
Police said the suspect in the Orange City shooting in southern Los Angeles knew all the victims through “business and personal relationships.” The fifth victim was admitted to the hospital due to critical illness.
This is the third mass shooting in the United States in two weeks following the attacks in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado.
Authorities said that when the police arrived at the two-story office building at about 5.30 pm, the shooting was still in progress, and the suspect had locked the front door with a chain. The officer opened fire and was later able to force them into the yard. There, the police found a 9-year-old boy dead and a man injured.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said: “In this terrible massacre, a little boy died in the arms of his mother who tried to save him.”
The victims of the other deceased were two women and a man, who were found in the office of the mobile housing broker’s unified house. The police said that the nine-year-old mother worked for the company, but the authorities have not announced the identity of the victims.
The suspect was identified as 44-year-old Aminadab Gasiola Gonzalez. His specific relationship with the company and the victim is not yet clear. He was injured and was taken to the hospital in critical condition, although the police have not yet clarified whether the police shot him to death or caused his own wounds. His exact motives are unclear.
California Governor Gavin Newsom called the murder “shocking and heartbreaking” in a tweet.
He said: “Tonight we are affected by this terrible tragedy and stay with our family.”
The California Democratic congresswoman Katie Porter is in an area that includes Orange, and she tweeted that she was “deeply sad.”
“It’s enough. We have to take some measures against the guns on the streets.” California Senator Dianne Feinstein said.
People gathered outside the building on Wednesday night, hoping to hear news about their loved ones.
Paul Tovar told KTLA-TV that his brother owns a unified house. “He didn’t answer the phone, nor is he my niece,” Tovar said. “I am very scared and worried… now I just pray very hard.”
Cody Lev, who lives across from the office building, told the Orange County Register that he heard three loud pops being separated, and then three more. There was a silence, and then Lev said he heard a lot of noises, followed by police sirens and more.
A mass shooting in a supermarket in Boulder last week killed 10 people. This was a homicide. A week before that, six of the eight victims in three hot spring baths in the Atlanta area were Asian women.
Orange is about 30 miles from Los Angeles and is home to 140,000 people. Orange Police Lieutenant Jennifer Amat (Jennifer Amat) said that the shooting was the most serious shooting in the city since December 1997. At that time, a gunman armed with an assault rifle attacked a maintenance yard of the California Department of Transportation.