Child among 4 dead, 2 injured in California shooting

Four people, including one child, were killed during a mass shooting at an office building in southern California late Wednesday night that left two others critically injured.  

KNBC reported that Metro City Fire Authority Dispatch said four individuals were pronounced dead at the scene and two others were transported to local hospitals.

Lt. Jennifer Amat, a spokeswoman for the Orange Police Department, told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that officers responded to the mass shooting at 202 W. Lincoln Ave. at about 5:30 p.m. local time. When responding law enforcement arrived on scene, the suspect was still shooting his firearm, Lt. Amat said.

When Orange Police Department officers arrived on scene, the suspect fired upon them, prompting officers to fire back. The suspect was critically wounded during the exchange of gunfire, and taken to a nearby hospital.

The suspect has not yet been identified.

“An armored vehicle and fire truck parked near the scene of a fatal shooting on Orange, near Lincoln and Glassell,” reporter Eric Anthony Licas tweeted from near the scene.

According to KABC, one neighbor reported hearing gunfire and said, “I was just in my room hanging out. All of a sudden I heard five to seven gunshots go off.”

The Orange County Register reported that local resident’s livestream showed police removing two pistols from an individual laying motionless on the ground.

“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,” Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., tweeted Wednesday night.

The names and ages of the victims have not been released.

“Horrifying and heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted following the shooting.

The shooting comes less than two weeks since police in Boulder, Colo., confirmed 10 people had been killed after a suspect opened fire at the King Soopers supermarket.

The victims of the mass shooting included veteran Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley. The others killed during the attack were identified as Denny Ston, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62, and Jody Waters, 65.

It was later reported that suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was on the FBI’s radar prior to the attack for his connection to an individual who is under investigation by the federal law enforcement agency, according to the New York Times.

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