One person has been killed and three others were wounded after a gunman opened fire close to a polling station in Southern California, Sky News reports. The attack in Azusa about 25 miles (40km) northeast of Los Angeles prompted authorities to put several schools used as polling stations on lockdown.
LA County Sheriff Lt John Corina said the shooting “had nothing to do with the ballot or voting”. “It just happened to be across the street from the park where the voting was taking place and also an elementary school” that was being used as a polling site, he added.
But the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a law enforcement source, that at least one of the victims was hit by gunfire on the way to a polling station to vote. The shooting began on Tuesday at around 2pm local time as residents of Azusa streamed to the polls to cast ballots in the presidential race.
Police responding to reports of gunfire exchanged shots with the suspect before taking cover in a park, Azusa police Chief Steve Hunt said. No officers were hurt. A SWAT team sealed off the area and hours later entered the nearby home, where they found the gunman dead, authorities said.
Investigators didn’t know whether the gunman died by police bullets or killed himself, Mr Corina said.
The LA Sheriff’s Department said in a statement: “One male victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead and two female adults were also transported to a local hospital where they are listed in both in critical condition.”
The motive of the shooting remains unknown and it is unclear whether the attacker knew his victims, Mr Corina said.