“Four injured victims are in critical condition. Another person has minor injuries. All victims are adults.” The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement posted on Twitter.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, they received a call about the shooting at 1:30 p.m. on May 15.
Police arrested a suspect at the scene and seized a weapon that may have been linked to the incident. However, authorities have not made any statements regarding the motive for the shooting.
The California Governor’s Office said it is actively monitoring the incident and working with local law enforcement.
“No one should be afraid to go to churches. Our thoughts are with the victims, the community and all those affected by this tragic event.” The California Governor’s Office wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Katie Porter – the Democratic representative for Orange County called “this sad and disturbing news, especially less than a day after the mass shooting in Buffalo”. .
The shooting happened in an area where many churches are located, including Catholic churches and a synagogue.
The incident came a day after an 18-year-old man shot dead 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. The entire shooting was streamed live by the perpetrator on a social networking platform, the game Twitch.
This is believed to be a hate crime and is incited by violent extremism related to ethnicity. 11 victims were people of color and 2 victims were white. The attack was carried out in a residential area of color and a few kilometers from the center of Buffalo. The suspect is white.
“This is the worst nightmare that can happen to a community. The pain that the victims’ families and our people are going through cannot even be expressed in words.” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said at a news conference on May 14.
The attacker was identified as Payton Gendron, 18, from Conklin, a residential area also in New York state, about 320 kilometers southeast of Buffalo.
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