A shooting near a polling station in Azusa, California, left at least one person dead and three people injured Tuesday, TheWrap has learned.
“Incident began at 202pm with reports of shots fired near Memorial Park 320 N Orange Ave,” the Azusa PD tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
The department also added that the first officers to arrive at the scene found multiple victims and were fired upon. They returned fire and all officers who came under fire were safe and accounted for.
“The scene is still not stable,” Azusa PD chief Steve Hunt said during a press conference at approximately 4:30 p.m. local time.
Hunt revealed there is one female suspect armed with an assault rifle, and there are conflicting reports as to whether there is a second suspect, a male who was dressed in tactical gear.
Two confirmed injured victims were transported to local hospital, where their condition remained unknown.
An additional person was down, presumably deceased, at the scene, but police have yet to ascertain whether they were shot or what their condition is.
Hunt said it was too early to determine whether the shooting had anything to do with the election, though he said the shooting was concentrated on the residential area across the street from a polling station, rather than at the polling place itself.
Slauson Middle School and Mountain View Elementary School, both polling stations, were locked down, and were being evacuated two hours after the initial incident. The Memorial Park polling station, directly across the street from where the shooting took place, was also being evacuated.
During the press conference, Hunt also revealed the female suspect is still contained within an area, perhaps a home, that has been secured, though the suspect has not been apprehended.
The police department described the area as an “active scene” as of 4:52 p.m. local time.
Because Azusa PD officers were involved in the shooting, the investigation is being turned over the the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.