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As record numbers of Americans turn out to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election, the event has been marred by violence at a California polling place as police say four people have been shot, with one person killed by a man described as being “heavily armed” near the poll location.
According to local media reports from the LA Times:
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Scroggin said police were dealing with at least one suspect who was heavily armed.
Few details were released about the shooting, which occurred sometime after 2 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the area of Fourth Street and Orange Avenue, said Officer Jerry Willison of the Azusa Police Department.
“This is a very volatile and critical situation,” he said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department reported firefighters were treating four patients, but their injuries were not immediately known because the situation was “not contained.”
CNN spoke to a witness shortly after the shooting:
Two voters who were inside the Memorial Park North Recreation Center when the shooting occurred spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity.
Azusa is located roughly 30 miles outside Los Angeles.
One male voter says he was inside when he heard a bunch of shots ring out and people from outside starting to run in before officials locked the doors. He told CNN a “massive shooting is happening and the police have told us to stay indoors. We are currently on locked down.”
A female voter told CNN she heard the shots ring out.
According to a report from KTLA, the suspect exchanged gunfire with police before eluding officers. No police officers were reported to have been injured.
Critical Incident: Please stay out of the area of Fourth St & Orange Ave. All residents in the area shelter in place.
— Azusa Police (@AzusaPD) November 8, 2016
BREAKING: A polling location in Azusa, California, is currently on lockdown after a shooting happened nearby https://t.co/ixxMVEgnLV
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 8, 2016