1 Dead in Shooting Near California Polling Place

At least one heavily armed suspect is on the loose
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2016 6:10 PM CST
1 Dead in Shooting Near California Polling Place
At least one person has died after a shooting near a polling location in Azusa, California.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – At least one person is dead and a heavily armed suspect is on the loose after a shooting near a California polling location, the Los Angeles Times reports. Authorities say a man with a rifle opened fire on on people in a residential neighborhood. According to CBS Los Angeles, police officers "were met with gunfire" and "pinned down" when they arrived on the scene Tuesday afternoon in Azusa. At least three other people were injured, and at least one of the victims was on their way to vote. A voter at a nearby polling place tells CNN he heard shots fired and then a bunch of people ran into the polling place before police locked it down. "At first, I thought it was construction, but people came running into the room saying they see a guy with a bulletproof vest," another voter says.

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A second polling place and a middle school were also locked down. A Los Angeles County official says "voters should avoid the area and, if necessary, cast a ballot at an alternate polling location," KTLA reports. Residents are being told to shelter in place. Multiple police and SWAT vehicles were on the scene, and three civilian vehicles were crashed near the scene of the shooting. It's unclear if the crash was related. The conditions of those injured in the shooting are unknown. It's also unclear if any police officers are among the injured or deceased. (Read more shooting stories.)

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