ORANGE, Calif. (AP) -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.
The shooting was on the second floor of the building, Amat said. Media reports said bodies could be seen on the building’s second-floor walkway and in a courtyard.
Amat had no details about the confrontation, what may have sparked the attack or why a child may have been at the building. 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 stabilized and there wasn’t any threat to the public, police said.
In a tweet, Gov. Gavon Newsom called the killings “horrifying and heartbreaking.”
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
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 southeast of Los Angeles and home to about 140,000 people.