Deadly shooting closes Azusa polling place
A deadly shooting took place today at a residence on the 500 block of West 4th Street in Azusa, across the street from a polling place at Memorial Park. A man in his 70s was killed and two women were wounded by another woman with an assault rifle, according to Azusa’s Acting Police Chief Steve Hunt.
Azusa police do not know if the polling place was a target, but the site was shut down and alternative polling places opened.
“It’s very early to tell what the motive is, but it appears to be concentrated on the residential side, not at the polling station,” Hunt told the Los Angeles Times. Police urged potential voters to check the Azusa city website for information on new polling places.
Police said that they first received a 911 call at 2:02 p.m. When officers arrived at the residence, they were fired upon by the suspect. An armored vehicle arrived and officers exchanged fire with the shooter, before securing the area. According to police, the suspect is considered still at large.
There are conflicting reports about the identity of the shooter. Although police believe the suspect to be female, there are also reports of a second male shooter in tactical gear.
Nearby Slauson Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School were placed on lockdown and are in the process of evacuating.
— By Hugo Guzman, correspondent