One dead, 3 injured in shooting near polling station in California

One person was killed and two others were wounded Tuesday when an assailant armed with a military-style rifle opened fire in a residential area of Azusa, forcing authorities to secure the neighborhood and shut down nearby polling places.

After a standoff at a home that lasted several hours, police announced that the gunman had been found dead in the residence. Officials said they didn’t know whether the man — who was described as heavily armed — was killed by police during a short but furious gun battle or from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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“We’re in the process of figuring out why this happened,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.

By Tuesday afternoon, Azusa police said it was too early to determine a motive. At least one victim had been on his way to vote, a law enforcement source told The Times. Sheriff’s Capt. Steven Katz said the violence was not related to the election and the location near a polling place was merely a coincidence, though he warned that all of the information was preliminary.

Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Ron Singleton said that two people were airlifted to a hospital. The third victim, a man in his 70s, was dead at the scene, he said.

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The shooting began about 2 p.m., when gunfire was reported in the 300 block of North Orange Avenue.

Responding officers were tending to the victims when they were met with a hail of gunfire by a gunman armed with an assault rifle with “a rapid-fire capability,” acting Azusa Police Chief Steve Hunt said. The shooter immediately fired at least 20 shots at police, a law enforcement source said.

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