Police: Gunman high on cocaine opens fire near California polling stations

An aerial view of California police responding to the scene, a suburb near two local polling stations (CBS Sacramento)
An aerial view of California police responding to the scene, a suburb near two local polling stations (CBS Sacramento)

AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California shooting that prompted the lockdown of two polling sites (all times local):

12:20 a.m.

Authorities say a gunman was high on cocaine when he opened fire randomly in a Los Angeles suburb, killing a 77-year-old neighbor and wounding two other people before police shot him.

The Tuesday afternoon attack in Azusa shut down two nearby polling places but police say it wasn’t related to the election.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina says the 45-year-old shooter had a military background and was a gun fanatic. He had been binging on cocaine when he armed himself with various guns, went outside and opened fire, Corina said.

Corina says a 77-year-old neighbor who went outside to see what was happening was shot dead, and two women who happened to be driving or walking by were critically wounded.

When police arrived to help the victims, authorities say, the man opened fire with an assault rifle. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man, who was found dead hours later in a home.

The names of the gunman and the victims haven’t been released.

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November 8, 5:20 p.m.

Police say a person with an assault rifle killed one person and wounded two others near two Southern California polling sites that were locked down.

Azusa police Chief Steve Hunt says the suspect began firing Tuesday at arriving officers who returned fire before they took cover near a park.

Hunt says a person is down at the front door of a home but couldn’t immediately say whether that person was the shooter.

Elections officials say one of the polling sites has reopened. Voters were being urged to seek nearby polling places.

The motive of the shooting was unknown and it was unclear if it had anything to do with the election.

No officers were hurt.

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4:15 p.m.

A shooting in Southern California has killed one person and wounded three others near a polling site.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina says one person was dead on arrival in the city of Azusa on Tuesday. He says two people were airlifted to hospitals and a fourth was being treated.

An elementary school that’s also a polling place was on lockdown. Elections officials say one other polling site was affected, urging voters to cast their ballots in other locations.

The motivation is unknown and it’s unclear whether the shooting has anything to do with the election.

Azusa police say arriving officers found multiple victims, came under fire and returned fire themselves. No officers were injured, and no arrests have been made.

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3:55 p.m.

Authorities say one person is dead and three are injured following reports of a shooting near a Los Angeles-area polling site.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina says one person was dead on arrival Tuesday, two people were airlifted to hospitals and a fourth was being treated. He was unable to say whether the four people had been shot.

An elementary school that’s also a polling place was on lockdown.

Azusa police Officer Jerry Willison says someone fired on officers at the scene, but none of them were hurt. He says the officers had to seek cover.

He also was unable to say whether those injured had been shot.

He says no arrests have been made.

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