Gunman knew victims in California mass shooting

Four dead including a child in a mass shooting at California office building

Amat said there hadn't been an "incident like this in the city of Orange since 1997", referencing when a gunman armed with an assault rifle attacked a California Department of Transportation maintenance yard.

The big picture: The incident in Orange was the third mass shooting in the United States in just over two weeks, following a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, which killed eight people and another in Boulder, Colorado that ended with 10 people dead.

The suspect, identified by police as 44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, was shot by police in the courtyard of the building in the 200 block of West Lincoln Avenue, according to Orange Police Department Lt. Jennifer Amat. She added, her office will provide the identities as soon as they are made available.

Among the victims of the "horrific massacre" was a 9-year-old boy who was found cradled in the arms of a woman believed to be his mother, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a press conference.

The shooter was taken to a hospital in an unknown condition, Amat said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

KNBC-TV reported the shooting erupted at a business complex in Orange, a city about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. He may be arraigned on murder charges from his hospital bed on Friday, said Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's office.

The organization defines a mass shooting as one where four or more victims are killed with firearms - not including the offender or offenders - in a public location, such as a workplace, school or restaurant, when the perpetrator or perpetrators selects the victims somewhat indiscriminately.

"The first words I heard after the shots were fired were 'Don't move or I will shoot you, '" Smith, 64, recounted Thursday morning.

Mr Clark said he's seen about 10 people working inside Unified Homes but doesn't know them well. He did not hear other voices or more shots.

Police said Mr Gonzalez knew all the victims either personally or through business.

"Asking a jury to pass down a verdict of death is the most serious effect we ask, and it's the only outcome where a jury makes the decision as opposed to a judge", he said. He later peeked over the fence and saw SWAT officers marching in a line in the building's courtyard. "I'm pretty scared and anxious. right now I'm just praying really hard".

"Our world is shattered", 28-year-old Vania Tovar, one of Tovar's five children, told the Orange County Register.

'I'm just trying to find out his well-being, ' Tovar said. "A senseless loss of life".

"They sounded very low, so I didn't think they were gunshots", he told the newspaper.

Spitzer said investigators from his office were at the scene of the shooting for two reasons: to investigate the mass shooting, as well as the officer-involved shooting aspect of the case, to ensure both objectivity and transparency.

At least four people have died, including a child.

California has a moratorium in effect for its death penalty, under an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in March 2019. He said, "Our hearts are with the families impacted by this bad tragedy tonight".

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