Four people, including a child, were killed in a shooting at an office building in Orange County, Calif., on Wednesday night, the authorities said, marking a deadly end to a month consumed by a series of high-profile cases of gun violence.
The encounter happened around 5:30 p.m. in Orange, Calif., about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to the police there, who said that a suspect had been hospitalized and another person had been injured.
Additional details about the victims and the suspect were not immediately available from the authorities, as well as what prompted the shooting.
Lt. Jennifer Amat, a spokeswoman for the Orange Police Department, said at a news conference on Wednesday night that officers had responded to the area of 202 West Lincoln Avenue near Glassell Street after reports of shots fired.
When officers arrived, the shots were still being fired and the police found several victims, said the police.
The owner of an auto repair shop next door, who asked not to be named, said he heard around four gunshots. A few minutes later, he said, the police surrounded the building.
He heard at least 10 more gunshots after that, he said, though he still did not know exactly what had happened.
“It was weird to have something like that happening next door,” he said. “We’d never heard anything like that before.”
The shooting took place less six miles from Disneyland, which is in neighboring Anaheim, Calif. The beige, low-rise building in Orange housed several businesses, including a property management company, insurance agency and a consulting firm.
“It’s just such a tragedy for the victims, their families, our community and our police department,” Lieutenant Amat said.
Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said on Twitter that he was jolted by the shooting.
“Horrifying and heartbreaking,” he said. “Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight.”
Representative Katie Porter, a Democrat whose district includes part of Orange, expressed her sorrow on Twitter over the shooting.
“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,” she said. “My team and I will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
This month, two mass shootings — one in Atlanta and the other in Boulder, Colo. — occurred within the span of one week. In Atlanta on March 16, a gunman shot and killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, at three spas. On March 22, a man stormed a grocery store in Boulder and killed 10 people.