The killings were the latest mass shooting in the United States in the last two weeks
Orange (California), April 1
A shooting at a Southern California office building on Wednesday killed four people, including a child, and injured a fifth person before police shot the suspect, police said.
Shots were being fired as officers arrived at a two-story office building on Lincoln Avenue in Orange, southeast of Los Angeles, at about 5:30 p.m., Lt. Jennifer Amat said.
“An officer-involved shooting occurred” and the suspect was taken to a hospital, Amat said, but she didn’t immediately know his condition.
Amat had no details about the confrontation, what may have sparked the attack or why a child may have been at the building at 202 W. Lincoln Ave. Signs outside indicated a handful of businesses were located there, including an insurance office, a financial consulting firm, a legal services business and a phone repair store.
By 7 p.m., the situation had been stabilised and there wasn’t any threat to the public, police said.
In a tweet, Gov. Gavon Newsom called the killings “horrifying and heartbreaking.”
Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat whose district includes the city of Orange, said on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened” by reports of the shooting. “I’m continuing to keep victims and their loved ones in my thoughts as we continue to learn more. My team and I will continue to monitor the situation closely.” A Facebook livestream, posted by a resident who lives near the office building, showed officers carrying a motionless person out and providing aid to someone else, the Orange County Register reported.
The killings were the latest mass shooting in the United States in the last two weeks. Ten people were killed in a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket last week and eight people were fatally shot – including six Asian women – in three Atlanta-area spas the week before that.
The city of Orange is about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles and home to about 140,000 people. AP