Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, of Fullerton, Orange County, California, United States has been arrested by the Orange Police Department. He is accused of fatally shooting four people in Orange, Orange County.
Gonzalez allegedly used a bicycle-type cable lock to lock the front and back rod iron gates of the Unified Homes office building in Orange from the inside on the evening of March 31, 2021. While several people trapped inside the two-story office complex, he allegedly went on a shooting rampage that killed four people including a boy, 9.
Established in 2006, Unified Homes specializes in the sales of mobile and manufactured homes. Its agents deal with clients who are either selling property for maximum return or buying their dream home.
Two Orange Police Department officers engaged Gonzalez from outside of the gate while he continued shooting. Eventually, the officers were able to enter the building and found the gunman in the courtyard outside.
Also found in the courtyard was the boy who was fatally shot. He was being embraced by a woman, who was alive but also suffering from gunshot wounds.
“It appears a little boy died in his mother’s arms as she was trying to save him during this horrific massacre,” Fox Los Angeles quoted Orange County district attorney Todd Spitzer as saying. However, he later clarified that the relationship between the woman and the boy has yet to be confirmed.
Two female adults were also fatally shot. One was found inside an office building while the other was found upstairs on an outdoor landing.
One male adult was also fatally shot. He was found inside another office building.
On April 1, 2021, Gonzalez was identified as the suspect in the shooting. He was transported to the hospital because he had a gunshot wound but it has yet to be confirmed whether it was self-inflicted or he was shot by the officers.
A backpack recovered by officers from the crime scene contained ammunition, pepper spray and handcuffs. He used a semi-automatic handgun in the shooting, according to Orange Police Department spokesperson Lieutenant Jennifer Amat.
“The preliminary motive is believed to be related to a business and personal relationship which existed between the suspect and all of the victims,” CNN quoted Amat as saying. “This was not a random act of violence.”