On Election Day, four people were reportedly gunned down near in Azuza, California in Los Angeles County. The incident involved at least one polling place (possibly two) with the area going on lockdown. Officers who entered the scene found themselves “pinned down” by gunfire. CBS LA reports that the polling places in question are located in elementary schools. The incident occurred at around 2:00pm PST.
The LA Times adds that at least one person has died from injuries sustained. This is still an active shooter situation with officers reporting that the man is heavily armed. He reportedly fired at last 20 times upon police with a rifle.
NBC News relays word from a witness, who heard, “Pow, pows, then a rain of fire.” A CNN witness, who was inside one of the polling places, expressed her initial confusion followed by alarm: “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.”
Initial reports haven’t revealed whether any police were injured in the gunfire, but the male suspect is still believed to be nearby.
Dean Logan of the LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is updating the situation on Twitter. He advises that all voters avoid the area.
UPDATE – 8:20pm EST: The Azuza Police Department reports that all officers involved in the event are safe and accounted for.
This situation is developing, and we will add additional details as they become available.