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One dead, multiple people shot near Azusa polling station; active shooter heavily armed, officials said
One dead, multiple people shot near Azusa polling station; active shooter heavily armed, officials said

One dead, multiple people shot near Azusa polling station; active shooter heavily armed, officials said

Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2016


One person was killed and at least three others were wounded Tuesday in an active shooting near a polling place in Azusa.

Los Angeles County Sheriff"s Capt. Jeff Scroggin said police were dealing with at least one suspect who was heavily armed.

Few details were released about the shooting, which occurred sometime after 2 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the area of Fourth Street and Orange Avenue, said Officer Jerry Willison of the Azusa Police Department.

"This is a very volatile and critical situation," he said.

Roberto Chavez, 67, and his wife were sitting outside on their porch when they saw a heavily-armed man fire at least 10 rounds at group of people.

Police quickly responded, Chavez said. About 20 officers swarmed into the neighborhood in the 600 block of West Fourth Street, he said.

The gunman, who wore a white shirt and black pants, ran into a home about three doors down from Chavez"s house, he said.

Chavez said he recognized the man as someone who frequently visits and hangs out at his neighbor"s home. He didn"t know the man"s name. He said some of the victims appeared to be neighbors in the area.

Police told him to remain indoors because the gunman had barricaded himself inside a home.

"It"s a very dangerous situation," he said.

It was unclear whether any officers were injured in the shooting, Willison said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff"s Department said they were assisting police.

Azusa Union School District issued a lockdown for Slauson Middle and Mountain View Elementary schools about 2:15 p.m., officials said. A nearby daycare center and preschool was also locked down.


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