A police officer stands in front of a building after a shooting at an office building in Orange, California, the US, on March 31 2021. Picture: REUTERS/ALEX GALLARDO
A police officer stands in front of a building after a shooting at an office building in Orange, California, the US, on March 31 2021. Picture: REUTERS/ALEX GALLARDO

Orange, California — Four people were killed, one of them a child, in a shooting on Wednesday at an office building in suburban Los Angeles before the suspect, wounded in an exchange of gunfire with police, was taken into custody, police reported.

The bloodshed in the city of Orange, about 48km southeast of downtown Los Angeles, marked the third deadly mass shooting in the US in less than a month. Authorities offered no explanation as to a possible motive.

Orange police department lieutenant Jennifer Amat told reporters that police officers arrived on the scene at about 5.30pm local time as shots were being fired and “engaged with the suspect”.

She said three adults and one child were found shot dead, and two other people struck by gunfire, including the shooter, were transported to area hospitals.

Audio of Amat’s on-scene briefing with reporters was played for Reuters afterwards by the video news service OnScene.TV. 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.

The shooting erupted in a two-storey office building that opens onto an inner courtyard ringed by several businesses. The larger neighbourhood consists of homes, apartments and other commercial properties.

Officials had no further details of the incident immediately available.

The shooting came a little more than two weeks after eight people were shot to death by a gunman who went on a rampage at three Atlanta-area day spas on March 16. Ten people were killed on March 22 when a man opened fire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. The lone suspects in both those shootings were arrested.

Reacting on Twitter to Wednesday’s events in Orange, California governor Gavin Newsom called the latest bloodshed “horrifying and heartbreaking”.

Reuters

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