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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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Shooting at SoCal Polling Site Kills 1, Injures 3

LOS ANGELES (CN) — One person was killed and at least three others wounded in a shooting at a polling location in the LA suburb of Azusa on Election Day.

Authorities confirmed late Tuesday that the shooter was a man. A SWAT team found the gunman dead inside an Azusa residence.

The shooting occurred after 2:00 p.m. at the 300 block of North Orange Avenue.

When police officers arrived they found several shooting victims and man with a rifle. The shooter, who was wearing a white shirt and black pants, exchanged at least 20 rounds with the police, a source told the Times.

Two victims were airlifted to a hospital by the LA Sheriff's Department, according to CNN.

"This is a very volatile and critical situation," Jerry Willison of the Azusa Police Department said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Azusa police warned residents to stay away from the area where the shooting occurred and to shelter in place. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is assisting Azusa police.

At roughly 2:15 p.m., Azusa Union School District ordered a lockdown of Slauson Middle and Mountain View Elementary schools, the Times reported. A daycare center and preschool close to the incident are also on lockdown.

Two voters who asked to remain anonymous told CNN they had heard shots fired outside the polling station. They were in the Memorial Park North Recreation Center when the shooting occurred.

A male voter said a series of shots rang out and that the people ran inside and officials locked the door. A "massive shooting is happening and the police have told us to stay indoors. We are currently on lockdown," the man told CNN.

A woman told CNN that she had mistaken gunshots for construction noise.

"People came running into the room saying they see a guy with a bulletproof vest and a white shirt. As of right now, they just have us in the voting room and are trying to keep us calm," she said.

County officials said voters assigned to Memorial Park polling location in Azusa should use polling stations at Dalton Elementary School Auditorium, Mountain View Elementary School, Foothill Community Church Lobby, and Northside Park Recreation Room.

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