The Orange Police Department (OPD) responded to a shooting on Wednesday at a two-story business complex in Orange, California. The location is about 30 miles south of Los Angeles. According to CNN, the 44-year-old gunman, identified as Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, killed four people and wounded a fifth, female victim. The deceased victims include a 9-year-old boy, two women and a man. Aminadab survived and is in critical, but stable condition at a local hospital.
Reports say police arrived on scene almost immediately after the 5:30 p.m. incident and could still hear gunshots as they approached the complex.
During a news conference today, OPD spokesperson Lt. Jennifer Amat said the gunman used a “bicycle-type cable lock” to secure both the north and south gates of the courtyard. The lock prevented the initial responding officers from immediately entering the courtyard. Two officers engaged the suspect and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
Once inside, police found an injured Aminadab and took him into custody. It remains unclear whether the injury was self-inflicted or a result of police fire.
The shooting does not appear to be a random act of violence.
“The preliminary motive is believed to be related to a business and personal relationship which existed between the suspect and all of the victims,” OPD spokesperson Lt. Jennifer Amat said.
The surviving female victim was found by officers in the courtyard with the deceased minor in her arms. One deceased woman was found on an outdoor landing in the upper level of the complex. The other deceased woman and man were found in separate office buildings.
Investigators also recovered a semi-automatic handgun and a backpack with ammunition, pepper spray and handcuffs. Police believe the items belong to the gunman.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said the gunman is eligible for the death penalty under California law given that there were multiple victims.
This mass shooting comes just two weeks after Atlanta authorities formally charged Robert Aaron Long with eight counts of murder for a mass shooting that left eight people dead.
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