At least one person has been killed and four others have been injured after a gunman opened fire at a polling station in Los Angeles.
The attack specifically took place in Azusa, a suburb of Los Angeles, and police have referred to the shooter as ‘heavily armed’, reports The Independent.
Four people are being treated for gunshots wounds however the severity of their injuries remains unclear. What is known, however, is that the situation is under control.
Active Shooter in Azusa California by Slauson Middle School and Memorial Park. Voting station at Memorial Park pic.twitter.com/K0lJXyy5Vb
— Me_irl (@sammitdammit) November 8, 2016
Worryingly, Officer Jerry Willison of the Azusa police department described the situation as ‘very volatile and critical’.
The shooting took place at around 2pm local time leading police to shut down all nearby polling stations and schools.
A female voter told CNN:
At first, I thought it was construction but people came running into the room saying they see a guy with a bulletproof vest and a white shirt. As of right now, they just have us in the voting room and are trying to keep us calm.
Critical Incident: Please stay out of the area of Fourth St & Orange Ave. All residents in the area shelter in place.
— Azusa Police (@AzusaPD) November 8, 2016
The suspect then shot at police however it is unknown as to of whether any police are injured.
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