Cops: Suspect Locked Gates Before Mass Shooting

First responders outside office building

Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, has been named as the suspect in a mass shooting in California. On March 22, a man stormed a grocery store in Boulder and killed 10 people. A week before that, six Asian women were among eight people killed at three Atlanta-area spas.

Reporting the incident on its official Facebook page, the Orange Police Department said its officers arrived at about 5:30 p.m. local time "as shots were being fired and located multiple victims at the scene including fatalities".

Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. Amat said later Thursday investigators were working to confirm the relationship between the boy and any of the people at the scene.

The owner of an auto fix shop next door, who asked not to be named, said he heard gunshots. However, she said the precise relationships were still being determined.

Eventually, they managed to "force entry" to the courtyard and the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect was arrested once police entered and found him injured, Amat said.

Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, was identified as the suspected shooter.

The boy, who was found in the complex courtyard, is believed to be the son of one of the victims who worked at the business, Amat said. We must all condemn this unspeakable act of violence. Three other adults - two women and a man - were killed.

"It appears the suspect used a bicycle-type cable lock to secure the gates from the inside, from both the north and the south sides of the courtyard", Amat said. Spitzer said it appeared that the boy died in the arms of a woman who "was trying to save him".

Prosecutors are also looking into whether the fact that the gates were locked constitutes 'lying in wait, ' Spitzer said, a special circumstance that would also make the suspect eligible for the death penalty.

Authorities recovered a semi-automatic handgun and a backpack containing pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition that they believe belonged to the suspect. Police had earlier said it was unclear whether his injury was self-inflicted.

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"I don't know what condition they were in", he said.

Police have not identified the victims and still need to notify families and loved ones before their names are made public.

Paul Tovar told KTLA-TV that his brother owns Unified Homes. 'He's not answering his phone, neither is my niece. I'm pretty scared and anxious.

Tim Smith's home is separated from the office's parking lot by a backyard wooden fence. He did not hear other voices or more shots.

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

"Our hearts are shattered into a million pieces as the community mourns the loss of four innocent lives, including a young boy, as a result of the horrific events that unfolded Wednesday evening and we pray for the recovery of the sole survivor", Spitzer said in a statement Friday. There was silence, then he heard numerous shots, followed by sirens and more shots.

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

Police received multiple reports of gunshots and officers were on the scene nearly immediately, according to police spokesperson Lieutenant Jennifer Amat. He saw two people being taken to ambulances on stretchers. "Nothing like this has ever happened around here".

Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat who represents Orange County, said she and her staff are monitoring the situation.

Share this article: First responders outside the office building where the shootings occurred. In that incident, a former state employee opened fire with an assault rifle at a state maintenance yard, killing four people before dying in a shootout with the police.

California Governor Gavin Newsom posted on Twitter: "Horrifying and heartbreaking".

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