Authorities have identified four victims of a mass shooting at an office complex in Southern California this week.
Matthew Farias, 9, was the youngest to be killed in a shooting at the United Houses in Orange on Wednesday night. Orange County Attorney Todd Spitzer said the child “died in his mother’s arms while trying to save him during this horrific massacre.” He is believed to be the son of one of the victims of the shooting, police said.
Genevieve Raigoza, 28; Leticia Solis Guzman, 58; and Luis Tovar, 50, were also killed in what authorities called a targeted attack. Cargo was the owner of United Homes, which specializes in sales of mobile and manufactured homes, according to the ABC station in Los Angeles.
A female victim has not yet been identified and transported to the hospital in critical condition. She remains in critical but stable condition, police said on Friday.
The suspect in the shooting, Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, was charged Friday with four counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, among other charges. He is entitled to the death penalty, the Orange County District Attorney said.
The suspect was shot in the head and arm during the incident and remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, authorities said.
Gonzalez of Fullerton, Calif., Was due to be discharged from his hospital bed on Friday afternoon, although this was extended until Monday, depending on his health.
“I’m afraid we may have to keep doing this every day for a while,” his lawyer, Kenneth Morrison, said during the hearing, noting that he would have to decide if Gonzalez was “conscious and alert.”
“He is unable to make an informed and voluntary decision on anything in connection with his case due to his medical condition,” Morrison told ABC News after Friday’s hearing.
The court ordered Gonzalez to be remanded in custody by the sheriff’s department. No warranty is specified.
The shooting is centered around the United Houses office, police said. Officials said the attack appeared to be an isolated incident and the suspect knew and had business or personal relationships with all the victims.
They were reportedly fired around 5:30 p.m. Local time, when the suspect entered the yard of the office building and started “shooting at the windows”, a source told ABC News.
The suspect locked the gates to the business yard with a bicycle cable lock, initially preventing police from entering, authorities said. According to the police, the shooter opened fire on two employees of the Orange police department, which made them retaliate. Police are investigating whether the suspect received a self-inflicted wound or was shot by police. The officers are unharmed.
The officers used knives to cut the locks and entered the yard. They found many victims and suspects who were detained and hospitalized, authorities said.
Investigators also pulled out a semi-automatic weapon at the scene and a backpack with pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition, which they said belonged to the suspect, police said.
Morrison warned that no further details would be released.
“Terrible tragedies like this represent the greatest test of our justice system and whether the constitution of due process, with protections and fair trial rights granted to all of us, will be strictly observed,” he told ABC News. “The details of the investigation must be kept so that this issue is not considered in the news media, but in court. We must all proceed carefully.”
The Orange County Attorney’s Office is also investigating the shooting of the employee. All relevant footage carried by the body will be published upon completion of the investigation, the service said.
“Taking the life of another human being is the worst of crimes, and killing many people while essentially locked in a shooting range is nothing but horrific,” Spitzer said in a statement. “Residents of Orange County can rest assured that the District Attorney’s Office is taking all possible steps to ensure that every aspect of this case and the subsequent police shootings are thoroughly reviewed and that justice is served to each victim.”
Marlene Lenthang and William Mansel of ABC News contributed to this report.