ORANGE, Calif (AP) – The gunman who killed four people and seriously injured a fifth in an office building in Southern California knew all of the victims and apparently closed the gates to two entrances before the fire opened, what prevented the police from entering, the authorities announced on Thursday

Among the victims of Wednesday afternoon’s “terrible massacre” was a 9-year-old boy who was found in the arms of a woman believed to be his mother, Orange County’s district attorney Todd Spitzer said Woman was the only survivor among these shooters. The others killed were a man and two women

“Our hearts go out to the victims today, and I am here to tell you that in the Orange County District Attorney’s office we will do everything in our power to bring justice to these families,” said Spitzer He said he would consider applying for the death penalty

The violence in the city of Orange was the third major mass shooting in just over two weeks. Last week a gunman opened fire in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 A week earlier, there were six Asian women among eight people who killed in three spas in the Atlanta area

The suspect in the California shooting was identified as Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, from nearby Fullerton. He was seriously injured and it was unclear whether he suffered a self-inflicted wound or was shot by police

Police said Gonzalez knew all of the victims either personally or on business. They said the exact relationships were yet to be determined. No names of the victims were released

The shooting occurred around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a two-story building that houses a variety of businesses in Orange, southeast of Los Angeles.Police received multiple reports of gunfire and officers were on the scene almost immediately, Orange Police Lt Jennifer Amat said

Gunshots could be heard as officers arrived They fired at the suspect from behind the fence until the gates could be cut open Once inside, they found the victims and the wounded shooter The incident was over in minutes, Amat said

Tim Smith’s house is separated from the office parking lot by a wooden fence in the back yard. He was in the back of his house when he heard a volley of three shots, then a volley of three, and a final volley of four

“The first words I heard after the shooting were,” Don’t move or I’ll shoot you, “” said 64-year-old Smith on Thursday morning

Smith said he heard this repeated twice more by a man’s voice and believes it was a police officer speaking He didn’t hear any other voices or more gunshots Later he peeked over the fence and saw SWAT officers lined up March in the courtyard of the building

Police said the shooter apparently targeted the office suites of a company called Unified Homes, a mobile home broker Paul Tovar told KTLA-TV that his brother owns the company

“He doesn’t answer the phone and neither does my niece,” said Tovar, while he waited anxiously in front of the building Wednesday night. “I’m pretty scared and worried. Right now I’m just praying very hard”

Scott Clark, owner of Calco Financial, left his office at around 4:45 pm early Wednesday. His workplace is two doors from Unified Homes

“I must have had an angel from God taking care of me so I could leave an hour before,” said Clark

He said he worked in the building for about 21 years and Unified Homes had been in this location for seven or eight years. He said they expanded to a second suite about a year ago and both offices were on that second level

Clark said he saw about 10 people in Unified Homes but didn’t know them well. He said he chatted with the owner and sometimes invited him to his own office for a break

Since the pandemic started, Clark said parents would take their children to work often. He didn’t know about the 9-year-old victim and didn’t recognize the Sagittarius name

Orange is about 30 miles from Los Angeles and has about 140Amat said the shooting was the worst in town since December 1997, when a gunman armed with an assault rifle attacked a California Department of Transportation maintenance yard

Arturo Reyes Torres, 41, a machine operator who had been laid off six weeks earlier, killed four people and wounded others, including one policeman, before the police killed him

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