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Alleged California shooter knew his victims

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/01/21, 04:15 pm

Police identified the suspect accused of shooting and killing four people at an office complex south of Los Angeles on Wednesday as 44-year-old Aminadab Gonzalez. Orange Police Lt. Jennifer Amat told reporters on Thursday that this was not a random act of violence and seemed “to be related to a business and personal relationship which existed between the suspect and all of the victims.”

Do we know anything else? The youngest victim was a 9-year-old boy. The gunman also shot and killed a man and two women. A third woman survived but was injured. The gunman evidently planned the attack ahead of time, including ways to slow first responders at the scene. Amat said he used a lock to secure several entrances. Gonzalez survived but remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

Dig deeper: Read Kyle Ziemnick’s report in Compassion about a spike in homicides in U.S. cities over the summer.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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