The alleged gunman who killed four people, including a 9-year-old boy, inside a Southern California shopping complex this week and opened fire on responding police officers was charged with multiple counts of murder, authorities said Friday. .
Aminadab Gaxiola González, 44, remains hospitalized in stable condition after officers shot her. He faces four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, and two counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
He also faces multiple weapon upgrade charges.
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Authorities said Gonzalez entered a shopping complex on Lincoln Avenue in Orange, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles in Orange County, on Wednesday and opened fire.
“The death of another human being is the most serious of crimes and the killing of multiple people while locked in a shooting gallery is terrifying,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found that the gate to the complex was locked with a padlock similar to the cable on a bicycle. González shot two officers, who returned fire from outside and wounded him, authorities said.
Once inside the compound, officers found the four victims dead.
The authorities identified them as Luis Tovar, 50; Leticia Solis Guzman, 58; Jenevieve Raygoza, 28; and Matthew Farias, 9. González and the victims had personal and business relationships with each other, authorities said.
A woman was injured and was taken to a hospital where she remains stable.
KABC, the ABC-owned television station in Los Angeles, informed police that the shooting was not “a random act of violence” and that Gonzalez knew all of the victims. The target was Unified Homes, a mobile home brokerage company.
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“He doesn’t normally go there,” Zef Farias, the boy’s uncle, told The Associated Press. “They were just part of the collateral damage.”
Wednesday’s shooting came amid two other mass shootings in Colorado where 10 people were killed and in the Atlanta area where eight people were killed.