A person has been killed and at least four injured after a shooter opened fire near a polling station in a suburb of Los Angeles.
The shooting took place in Azusa, a residential neighbourhood, around 2pm local time, the Independent reported.
Los Angeles county sheriff captain Jeff Scorggin said authorities were dealing with one heavily armed suspect, and that four gunshot victims were being treated for their injuries.
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Officer Jerry Willison of the Azusa police department said the situation was “very volatile and critical”.
Elizabeth Hopkinson told NBC that she and her nine-month-old son were locked down at Slauson Middle School nearby, and that she had been going to vote when the shooting happened.
She said she heard ‘pow, pows, then a rain of fire’.
She was one of 25 people locked in the gym, as well as a group of children.
Another female voter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CNN that she was inside the polling station when she heard shots ring out.
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“At first, I thought it was construction but 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.”
A helicopter has transported at least two victims to hospital.
The suspect reportedly shot at police but it is unclear if any police officers have been injured.
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