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Four dead, including child, after 'multiple victims' shot in California

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4 dead, including child, after 'multiple victims' shot in California

Police identified the suspect as 44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez.

By Marlene Lenthang and William Mansell

At least four people are dead, including a 9-year-old boy, in what authorities are calling a targeted attack in Orange, California.

Officers arrived at 202 W. Lincoln Ave around 5:30 p.m. local time Wednesday as shots were being fired. There were "multiple victims at the scene," according to the Orange Police Department.

The suspect, identified as Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, from Fullerton, entered the courtyard of the building and started “shooting into the windows,” a law enforcement source told ABC News.

Two officers tried to enter the courtyard but could not get through because the suspect locked it and an officer-involved shooting ensued. Officers were able to force entry through the gates and enter the courtyard. Upon entry, officers located the suspect, who was injured, and took him into custody. Police did not say if he was wounded from a self-inflicted shot.

Police said in a Thursday press conference the shooting centered around the office of Unified Homes, which specializes in the sales of mobile and manufactured homes.

Officials said the shooting appears to be an isolated incident and the suspect knew and had business or personal relationships with all of the victims. The child is believed to be the son of one of the victims, police said.

The names of the victims were not released pending next of kin notification but they were identified as a man, two women and the boy.

Investigators retrieved a semi-automatic weapon at the scene and a backpack with pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition, which they believe belonged to suspect, police said. Police did not specify if the gun was registered to the shooter.

Full story https://abcnews.go.com/US/fatalities-reported-multiple-victims-shot-california/story?id=76802862