Shooting leaves 4 dead, including a child, in a city near Los Angeles

Four people were killed, including a child, in a shooting in a commercial building in the suburbs of Los Angeles, USA, in the late afternoon of this Wednesday (31).

The case occurred in Orange, 30 km southeast of the center of California’s largest city. The police arrived at the scene around 5:30 pm (9:30 pm in Brasília) and exchanged shots with the sniper, who was arrested. In addition to the deaths, two other people were injured.

The shooting site was a two-story office building that is part of a small shopping center with shops on the ground floor. According to a local newspaper, it houses offices of an insurance company, a financial consultancy and a cell phone repair shop.

The police did not give details on the identity of the shooter or on what motivated the exchange of shots. California Governor Gavin Newsom said the case was “horrible and moving”.

Friday’s episode was the third firearm attack to leave several victims in the U.S. in March alone. Eight people were shot dead by a man at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area on March 16. Six days later, ten people were killed after a man opened fire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. The suspects in both cases were arrested.

In the wake of an increase in firearm deaths in fights and assaults and the repetition of scenes of shooting attacks that leave many dead at once, the US resumes the debate about making it difficult to access weapons capable of killing dozens in less one minute.

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

Speaking after the shooting at the supermarket in Colorado (USA), President Joe Biden urged lawmakers to enact stricter control measures for high-capacity weapons, commonly used in massacres. “This is not and should not be a party issue, it is an American issue,” the Democrat told a news conference at the White House. “We have to act.”

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