Police in California say the gunman who allegedly killed four people at an office complex yesterday, including a nine-year-old boy, locked the gates before the attack to prevent officers from gaining access.
At a media conference today, authorities identified the suspect as 44-year-old Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez.
Orange Police Lieutenant Jennifer Amat said he had a “business and personal relationship” with the victims.
“It appears all of the adults were connected, either by business or by a personal relationship, and this was not a random act of violence,” said Lt Amat.
“The child is believed to be the son of one of the victims who worked at the business.”
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The shooting happened in and around a counselling business named Unified Homes.
When police arrived on the scene at about 5:30pm, they found the way inside had been blocked.
“Officers immediately approached the building, however were unable to enter the courtyard due to the fact the gates had been locked from the inside,” Lt Amat said.
“It appears the suspect used a bicycle-type cable lock to secure the gates from the inside on both the north and the south sides of the courtyard.
“Two officers engaged the suspect from outside of the gates.”