Four victims who were locked in a Southern California office building before a gunman opened fire were identified on Friday shortly after the suspect in the case was charged with multiple counts of murder .
The Orange Police Department identified the victims as Jenevieve Raygoza, 28, Luis Tovar, 50, Leticia Solis Guzman, 58, and Matthew Farias, 9, who officials said was found dead in the arms of a woman who would be his mother. . The woman, who has not been identified, was in hospital in critical but stable condition on Friday morning.
The names of those killed were released shortly after the man accused of targeting and killing them was charged with a series of crimes, including four counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, is to be arrested Friday afternoon from his hospital bed. He was shot dead during the attack, but authorities were unsure whether his injuries were self-inflicted or by the police in a shootout.
Police said Gonzalez knew his victims through professional and personal connections. Authorities said he locked the gated entrances to an office housing Unified Homes, a mobile home brokerage, in Orange, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles, before opening fire.
It was the third high-profile mass shooting in the country in less than three weeks. The four victims were killed just a week after a gunman in Boulder, Colorado killed 10 people in a supermarket. The previous week, a gunman in the Atlanta area had killed eight people, mostly women of Asian descent, in three spas.
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The families of those killed in the attacks were in shock at the losses.
Luis Tovar, one of the victims of the attack, owned Unified Homes, the mobile home brokerage company, police said the suspect was targeted.
“Our world is shattered,” Vania Tovar, 28, one of Tovar’s five children, told the Orange County Register.
Her daughter, Jenevieve Raygoza, was also killed. Her friends and family called her generation or Genevieve on the fundraising pages verified in USA TODAY by GoFundMe.
Her husband, Armando Raygoza, wrote on a GoFundMe page that she was “an amazing loving mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend” and had “a smile that could light up any room. and a caring nature to put the needs of others before her own. “
Family members posted a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising funds for Farias, the 9-year-old boy who was killed. A photo of the boy shows him in a smiling collared shirt in front of a tree decorated for Easter.
The Orange Police Department began receiving calls about a shooting around 5:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday. Within two minutes, officers were at the scene, but discovered that both entrances to an enclosed courtyard for the building had been locked with a bicycle lock cable, Lt. Jen Amat said.
“It seems that all adults were linked by professional or personal relationships,” Amat said Thursday. “It was not a random act of violence.”
Gonzalez was charged in 2015 in Orange County with child cruelty and other counts. It is not known if the child was hers. He pleaded guilty to drumming and served a day in jail. All other charges were dismissed and the conviction overturned in 2017, said Lauren Gold, spokeswoman for the city of Anaheim.
Contributor: Associated Press