California shooting kills at least four, police and press report

Police in the California city of Orange, United States, reported a shooting on Wednesday (31) with “several victims at the scene, including dead” and local media reported four people were killed before the arrest of a suspect.

Few official details of the violence in the city south of Los Angeles are available at this time, but the Los Angeles City News Service (CNS) and KNBC-TV reported that in addition to the four dead, two people had been shot and wounded. .

Reporting the incident on their official Facebook page, Orange police said their officers arrived around 5:30 p.m. “when shots were fired and several victims were located at the scene, including some dead.”

The police statement said a “shootout involving a police officer” had taken place and the situation had already been “stabilized” without further threat to the public.

KNBC-TV reported that the shooting took place at a shopping complex in Orange, a city southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The TV channel and CNS reported that there was a child among the dead. Several media also reported that the sniper was among the injured.

The violence marked the third deadly mass shooting in the United States in the past two weeks.

Eight people were shot dead by a gunman at three-day spas in the Atlanta area on March 16. And ten people were killed on March 22, when a man opened fire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. The suspects of the two shots were arrested.

Reacting on Twitter to Wednesday’s events in Orange, Calif., Gov. Gavin Newsom called the latest bloodshed “gruesome and moving.”

Following an increase in the number of gun deaths in fighting and assaults, and repeated scenes of gunshot attacks that kill many people at once, the United States is re-igniting the debate on the necessity to make it difficult or easier to access weapons capable of killing tens of minutes.

In the first year of the pandemic, the topic had been left in the background, as there were fewer attacks in public – there were only two in 2020. But 2021 has already crossed that bar. , with three cases in March.

Speaking after the supermarket gunshot attack that killed at least 10 in Colorado, President Joe Biden urged lawmakers to adopt tougher controls on large-capacity weapons, commonly used in massacres.

“It is not and should not be a party question, it is an American question,” the Democrat said at a White House press conference. “We must act.”

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