Crime: Mass Shooting in Orange County, California, Child Reportedly Among the Dead

Orange County Mass Shooting Leaves California Lawmakers 'Devastated'

  Orange County Mass Shooting Leaves California Lawmakers 'Devastated' Local politicians said they were "saddened" by news of the attack in which four people were killed.At least four people were killed in the shooting at an office building in the city. It has been reported that a child was among the four.

A mass shooting has occurred in Orange, California, killing at least four people and injuring two more. A child was reportedly killed in the attack.

a blurry photo of a city street: A mass shooting has occurred in the city of Orange, California, killing four including a child. In this photo illustration, a police car with its red and blue lights drives away on a city street. © TheaDesign/Getty A mass shooting has occurred in the city of Orange, California, killing four including a child. In this photo illustration, a police car with its red and blue lights drives away on a city street.

Police responded to calls of a shooting around 5:30 p.m. local time. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw an active shooter and exchanged gunfire with the person.

The suspected shooter was shot by police and captured. The injured suspect was then taken to a hospital, according to Lieutenant Jennifer Amat of the Orange Police Department. No other details about the suspected shooter have been released to the public.

At least 20 mass shootings have taken place in the two weeks since the metro Atlanta spa attacks left 8 dead

  At least 20 mass shootings have taken place in the two weeks since the metro Atlanta spa attacks left 8 dead Two weeks have passed since the three Atlanta-area spa shootings claimed the lives of eight people, and in that time at least 20 other mass shootings have taken place. © Megan Varner/Getty Images ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: Mourners visit and leave flowers at the site of two shootings at spas across the street from one another, in memorial for the lives lost, on March 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, was arrested after a series of shootings at three Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead on Tuesday night, including six Asian women.

The area is now secure with no further immediate public threat, Amat said.

The shooting occurred in an office building area containing a State Farm Insurance, a financial consulting firm, a legal services firm and a phone repair store, according to the Orange County Register. Amat said she was unaware of why a child was present in the area.

While Amat said the shooting began on the second floor of one of the area's buildings, she neither specified which building nor whether the violence was contained to the indoors.

Paramedics tended to six individuals and transported two to a local hospital, Orange Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Sam Ahumada told the aforementioned publication. The condition of the individuals remains unclear.

4 dead, including a child, in Orange shooting at California office building: What we know

  4 dead, including a child, in Orange shooting at California office building: What we know Four people, including a child, were killed when a suspect opened fire in a Southern California office building Wednesday evening, police said. © Mario Tama, Getty Images Police officers stand outside an office building where four people, including a child, were killed in a shooting on March 31, 2021 in Orange, California. The shooting occurred in Orange, California, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles, around 5:30 p.m. local time, the Orange Police Department said. The suspect and a woman were injured with gunshot wounds during the shooting, Lt. Jen Amat said.

"I'm deeply saddened by reports of a mass shooting in Orange County, and I'm continuing to keep victims and their loved ones in my thoughts as we continue to learn more," Democratic California Representative Katie Porter wrote in a statement responding to the shooting.

Amat said a mass shooting hadn't happened in the area since the 1997 shooting in the Caltrans yard maintained. That shooting involved a disgruntled state transportation worker who killed four men before being shot to death himself during a gunfight with police.

The 1997 shooter had an assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun. It's not yet clear what weaponry the suspected Wednesday night shooter used in their attack.

The Orange shooting marks the third mass shooting to occur in the U.S. since the March 16 Atlanta-area shooting that left eight people dead. The second shooting occurred on March 22 in Boulder, Colorado. That shooting left 10 people dead.

9-Year-Old Boy Died in the Arms of His Wounded Mother During Calif. Mass Shooting: Police

  9-Year-Old Boy Died in the Arms of His Wounded Mother During Calif. Mass Shooting: Police The child has not been identified except as the son of a woman who worked at the company that was targeted by the shooter, officials said Thursday . According to Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, the boy "died in his mother's arms" and that she tried to save him. The mother was also wounded in the shooting and is in critical but stable condition at the hospital, authorities said. Police responded to multiple calls of shots fired at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the 200 block of West Lincoln Avenue, where there's an office complex with multiple buildings.

The shootings have become a rallying point for increased firearm regulation. On March 11, House Democrats approved two firearm reform bills which will likely face Republican opposition in the Senate.

The first bill would require background checks for people who buy firearms over the internet, at gun shows and in certain private transactions. The second bill would extend the amount of time federal authorities have to complete background checks for firearm purchases from three days to 10 days.

Newsweek contacted the Orange Police Department for comment.

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