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Four killed in shooting in Southern California, police say

Police officers outside the building in Orange California on 31 March 2021

The building at 202 W Lincoln Avenue appeared to be a beige, two-story office building with an open, second-story balcony. The victims included a woman who was wounded and also in critical condition.

Orange Police Department Lieutenant Jennifer Amat told reporters that police officers arrived on the scene at about 5:30 p.m. local time as shots were being fired and "engaged with the suspect". Other details are unclear, including a motive for the attack.

Two police officers stand outside an office building where a shooting occurred in Orange, Calif., Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Signs outside indicated a handful of businesses were located there, including an insurance agent and a counselling service.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tweeted his condolences following early reports of the shooting.

Rep. Katie Porter, a California Democrat whose district includes the city of Orange, said on Twitter that she was "deeply saddened" by reports of the shooting. "It's just such a tragedy for the victims, their families, our community and our police department".

A Facebook livestream posted by a resident who lives near the office appeared to show officers carrying a motionless person from the building and officers providing aid to another person.

The violence marked the third deadly mass shooting in the United States over the past two weeks.

The city of Orange is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Los Angeles and home to about 140,000 people. Eight people - many of them Asian Americans - were killed inside spas in Atlanta, Georgia, on 16 March, while 10 people were shot dead in a Colorado grocery store on 22 March.