California: Several dead after shooting at office building

Four dead including a child in a mass shooting at California office building

Four dead including a child in a mass shooting at California office building

Four people, including one child, were killed in a shooting at an office building in Orange, Calif. Wednesday evening, according to local police.

This comes after two other high-profile mass shootings earlier this month, which set off a renewed debate about gun control measures in the US.

Orange, a city of about 140,000 residents, is located about 48km southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Few details were immediately available about the victims or a potential motive for the shooting. The beige, two-story office complex at the address contains a number of small businesses.

Four people were killed and another is in critical condition after a shooting in Orange, California.

Shots were still being fired when officers arrived at the scene, but they could not enter the courtyard until they forced their way through the lock, the lieutenant said.

Authorities also disclosed that the suspected gunman in Wednesday's violence, who was himself wounded before he was taken into custody, knew all of his victims and had a family relationship with at least one of them. He may be arraigned on murder charges from his hospital bed on Friday, said Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney's office. The police department said in a message posted to its Facebook page that the situation had since been "stabilised" with no further threat to the public. A firearm was recovered at the scene.

The killings in Orange come in the wake of two other similar incidents in the United States.

Amat said the shooting was the worst in the city since December 1997, when a gunman armed with an assault rifle attacked a California Department of Transportation maintenance yard.

Orange, Amat said, "is usually quiet".

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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.

Scott Clark, who is owner of Calco Financial that is two doors down from Unified Homes, described Luis Tovar as hard-working.

"It saddens me so much", he said. He did not hear other voices or more shots. Police later told him and his employees to leave the area.

The shooting drew a heavy law enforcement presence with more than a dozen police cars and a SWAT vehicle at the building, including fire engines from multiple fire departments.

Mr Clark said he's seen about 10 people working inside Unified Homes but doesn't know them well.

Judging by the muffled sound of the shots, Madrigal thought the rounds were being fired indoors.

"The taking of the life of another human being is the most serious of crimes and the slaughter of multiple people while they were essentially locked in a shooting gallery is nothing short of terrifying", District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.

"They sounded very low, so I didn't think they were gunshots", he told the newspaper.

Nathan Zachary, 18, and his father had been cooking fried chicken for dinner when, while scrolling through Instagram, he saw news of the shooting.

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