Mass shooting near polling place in Los Angeles County

At least one person is dead.

SOURCEThink Progress

At least one person is dead and three wounded following a mass shooting near a polling place in the Los Angeles County city of Azusa, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times reports that some of the victims were headed to vote when shots rang out.

The shooting reportedly occurred just after 2 p.m. local time in a residential neighborhood.

“This is a very volatile and critical situation,” Officer Jerry Willison of the Azusa Police Department said, according to the Times.

The Azusa P.D. provided the following timeline of events:

The Times reports that the suspect ended up surrounded by police after retreating to a house, and was recognized by a witness who lives in the area.

The polling place near where the shooting took place has bee locked down, and so are area schools. Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan is advising voters to avoid the area and use other polling locations. Logan later reported that the polling location at Dalton Elementary School “is open and operational,” while the one at Memorial Park remains closed.

A short time after this post was published, the Azusa P.D. confirmed that officers have barricaded the suspect.


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