A child was among four people killed in a shooting at a Southern California office building that left a fifth victim wounded and the suspected gunman critically injured, police said.
Grief counselors from the South Orange County Vet Center arrive at mass shooting site in Orange.
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. The beige, two-story office complex at the address contains a number of small businesses.
Investigators survey the scene in the business building after the shooting. On Thursday afternoon, Orange Police Department Lieutenant Jennifer Amat said the Orange County Crime Lab was at the scene of the shooting where the identity of the victims was not yet confirmed. "The situation has been stabilized and there is no threat to the public".
The other wounded person, a woman, was listed in critical condition Wednesday night.
"I can confirm the deceased are one male adult, two female adults and one nine year old boy", Amat said.
The complex is home to about a dozen businesses, including an insurance office, a marriage therapist, a speech and language pathologist, a phone fix shop and several property management companies. They said the precise relationships were still being determined and no names of the victims have been released.
Officers stand guard at the site of the shooting.
"It saddens me so much", he said.
He did not hear other voices or more shots. "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".
He rushed to the back of his shop and told an employee to get inside. "Nothing like this has ever happened around here". They fired at the suspect from behind the fence until the gates could be cut open. "The gunshots just sounded lower, they sounded different". He saw two people being taken to ambulances on stretchers.
"You think that nothing could be going on during your evening, and all of a sudden, it changes really fast", he said.
Police plan a press conference for 10 a.m.Thursday. In the past month, our nation has seen 20 mass shootings.
Porter's district includes parts of Orange.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with a decline in mass shootings, which dropped to the lowest levels in almost a decade, a recent series of such attacks has left many Americans reeling and seeking answers from lawmakers. The week before that, a gunman in the Atlanta area killed eight people, a lot of them women of Asian descent, at three spas.
The killings in Orange come in the wake of two other similar incidents in the United States.
In the Boulder shooting, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was taken into custody and faces 10 counts of murder. Victims were found in various areas of the building, including the boy, who was found dead in the arms of a woman believed to be his mother, officials said.