Gunman knew victims in California building attack

Police officers outside the building in Orange California on 31 March 2021

The violence was the nation's third major mass shooting in just over two weeks.

Ten people were killed at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22, and eight others died in a series of attacks on three Atlanta-area spas on March 16.

The accused gunman who killed four people and critically wounded a fifth at a Southern California office building on Wednesday (local time) knew all the victims, police revealed overnight.

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The locks prevented officers from quickly entering the building while they continued to hear gunshots, Amat said. They fired at the suspect from behind the fence until the gates could be cut open.

Eventually, they managed to "force entry" to the courtyard and the suspect was taken into custody. Police said the shooting involved the office suites of a company called Unified Homes, a mobile home brokerage.

"The child is believed to be the son of one of the victims who worked at the business". "This was not a random act of violence".

The suspect in the California shooting was identified as 44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, of nearby Fullerton. One woman was upstairs on an outdoor landing, a man was found inside one office building, and another woman was found in a separate office building. The lieutenant also said it appeared Gonzalez had a business relationship with the victims and knew the layout of the building before carrying out the attack. He is at a local hospital in critical but stable condition, Amat said.

Audio of Amat's on-scene briefing with reporters was played for Reuters afterward by the video news service OnScene.TV.

Prosecutors are also looking into whether the fact that the gates were locked constitutes "lying in wait", Spitzer said, a special circumstance that would also make the suspect eligible for the death penalty. "Angry that there are so many guns in this country, angry that it's so easy for anyone to purchase these deadly weapons and angry that Democrats in Congress for years have been blocked from enacting gun-safety laws that could save lives".

Authorities said they also recovered a backpack containing pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition that they believe belonged to the suspect, who had been living in a motel room in Anaheim before Wednesday. Police had earlier said it was unclear whether his injury was self-inflicted.

"He's not answering his phone. Neither's my niece", Tovar said. "I'm pretty scared and anxious. right now I'm just praying really hard".

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

'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 just trying to find out his well-being, ' Tovar said. There was silence, then he heard numerous shots, followed by sirens and more shots.

Police and the suspect exchanged fire, according to the Los Angeles Times. His daughter, Vania Tovar, told the newspaper that he coached her and her sisters in soccer when they were younger and was active in their lives.

He rushed to the back of his shop and told an employee to get inside. "Nothing like this has ever happened around here".

Rep. Katie Porter, whose district includes Orange, said she was "deeply saddened" by the shooting.

"I'm continuing to keep victims and their loved ones in my thoughts as we continue to learn more".

Investigators survey the scene in the business building after the shooting.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a tweet called the killings "horrifying and heartbreaking".

"Our hearts are with the families impacted by this awful tragedy tonight", he tweeted.

Orange Police Lt. Jennifer Amat told the outlet that four of the patients, including a child, had died and that the shooter and one other person were wounded.



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