ORANGE, USA – Four people died, including a child, during a shooting attack in an office building in Orange, Southern California, on Wednesday, officials said. It is the third such incident in the United States in two weeks, situations that have rekindled debates over greater controls on arms sales, a subject that for decades has been a source of contention in the country.
The shooting took place in a two-story office building at around 5:30 pm (9:30 pm ET) in the southern Los Angeles area. On the Orange Police Department’s official Facebook page, a report was posted that a “shooting involving a police officer” had taken place and that the situation had already been “stabilized” without further threats to the public.
According to the New York Times, Lt. Jennifer Amat, a spokesman for the Orange Police Department, reported that shots were being fired when officers arrived.
The suspect was hospitalized in critical condition with a gunshot wound. A fifth victim, a woman, is also hospitalized in critical condition. Further details about both or referring to the other victims, however, were not released by the authorities.
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In March, two massacres – one in Atlanta, Georgia, and the other in Boulder, Colorado – took place in a week. In Atlanta, on the 16th, eight people died, six of them Asian women, in an attack on massage centers. Less than a week later, on the 22nd, a man opened fire in a supermarket, killing ten people.
Before the attack in Georgia, it had been a year since there was such a massacre in the United States, in part due to the locomotion restrictions imposed by Covid-19. In response, President Joe Biden lobbied the Senate for approval of a text, which has already been endorsed by the House, which extends background checks on arms sales to all buyers.
The Democrat also defended the ban on carrying semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity cartridges, ideas that are unpopular with Republicans. Many conservatives, a group among which the arms lobby is particularly powerful, tend to argue that controls go against the Second Amendment to the Constitution, interpreted as the right of American citizens to own firearms.
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In response to Wednesday’s incident, California Governor Gavin Newson said on Twitter that the situation was “horrible and moving” and paid tribute to the victims.
The owner of a machine shop next to the commercial building, who asked not to be named, said he had initially heard about four shots. After the arrival of the police, he said, there were 10 more shots. “It is strange to have something like this happening next door. We have never heard anything like it before, ”he said.
The shooting took place less than 10 km from Disneyland, which is in neighboring Anaheim. The Fire Department attended six patients, two of whom were taken to a hospital, according to supervisor Sam Ahumada.
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