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Saturday 10 December 2016

Gunman found dead after shooting near polling stations

Published 09/11/2016 | 00:11

Polling stations were placed on lockdown amid reports of a shooting
Polling stations were placed on lockdown amid reports of a shooting

A gunman has been found dead after killing a man and critically wounding two women with an assault rifle near two California polling stations.

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One polling place was reopened hours after a gun battle between the man and police in Azusa, Los Angeles County.

Police said the shooting "had nothing to do with the ballot or voting".

Lt John Corina said the incident "just happened to be across the street from the park where the voting was taking place", as well as an elementary school which was also being used as a polling station.

He added: "Nobody was shooting at those locations."

County election officials advised voters to visit other polling places where they could cast provisional ballots.

Police responding to reports of gunfire exchanged shots with the suspect before taking cover in a park, Azusa police chief Steve Hunt said. No officers were hurt.

A Swat team sealed off the area and hours later entered a nearby home, where they found the gunman dead.

Investigators do not yet know whether the gunman died as a result of being shot by police, or if he had taken his own life.

Two women in their mid-50s are in a critical condition in hospital.

The motive of the shooting is unknown and it is unclear whether the attacker knew his victims.

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