At least four were killed in a mass shooting at an office building in the city of California (US).
A fifth victim was wounded and transported to a local hospital in critical condition, Orange Police Department spokesperson Lt. Jennifer Amat said at a news conference.
The attack took place on Wednesday evening in the city of Orange as the shooter, whose motivations are so far unknown, was shot by an officer and taken to hospital, police said, adding that the suspect’s condition was not known.
A firearm was recovered from the scene and the suspect is in critical condition, she said.
The incident began at approximately 5:30pm local time (00:30 GMT) on the upper floor of a small office building in Orange.
Police and the suspect exchanged fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Orange is located about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. The complex where the shooting occurred houses multiple businesses including Farmer’s Insurance, Calco Financial and Miller Counseling.
The FBI’s Los Angeles division confirmed it had responded to the shooting as a matter of routine, but the Orange Police Department is the lead investigative agency.
California Governor Gavin Newsom posted on Twitter: “Horrifying and heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight.”
Horrifying and heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight. https://t.co/nw3On2RJH2
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 1, 2021
“I’m deeply saddened by reports of a mass shooting in Orange County, and I’m continuing to keep victims and their loved ones in my thoughts as we continue to learn more,” US Representative Katie Porter from California also tweeted.
I’m deeply saddened by reports of a mass shooting in Orange County, and 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. https://t.co/e736MgqCQe
— Rep. Katie Porter (@RepKatiePorter) April 1, 2021
This is at least the 20th mass shooting since the Atlanta-area spa attack two weeks ago that left eight people dead.
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