2 Dead, 2 Injured in Active Shooting Scene Near California Voting Site
Two polling locations in the area were affected by a nearby shooting around 2 p.m. local time
Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition Tuesday after a shooting in Azusa, California, 30 miles outside Los Angeles, police confirmed.
In a press conference Tuesday night, authorities said two men died, including the gunman, and two women were hospitalized after police responded to an initial shooting in Azusa and exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
Police tweeted that two victims were transported to local hospitals in critical condition and an additional victim is “down near primary residence.” The victims remain in critical condition.
Shortly after 2 p.m. local time, Azusa police say responded to a reports of gunfire to find multiple shooting victims. Police then exchanged fire with the shooter. No officers have been injured in the shooting.
“Situation has transitioned from active to barricade/containment,” police tweeted shortly after 4:30 p.m. local time. “All those near scene shelter in place all others stay out of the area.”
Officials said in the press conference that a S.W.A.T. team entered the home where the suspect had fled to. Once inside, the suspect was found deceased. Officials described him as a male Latino.
Two voting sites in the area were affected by the shooting, according to L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan’s Twitter update. He encouraged people to locate an alternative place to vote, as officials said the Memorial Park North Recreation Center was put on lockdown and remains closed.
Officials said the shooting was not connected to Election Day or the general election.
A male voters who was inside the polling location spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity, revealing he heard a shots ring out and people from outside starting to run in before officials locked the doors.
A female voter also told the network she heard the gunshots.
“At first, I thought it was construction but people came running into the room saying they see a guy with a bulletproof vest and a white shirt,” she said. “As of right now, they just have us in the voting room and are trying to keep us calm.”