KABC, April 2, 2021
The suspect in a mass shooting at a business park in Orange, in which a 9-year-old boy and three other adults were killed, has been charged with murder, prosecutors announced Friday.
Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, is facing four felony counts of murder, one felony count of attempted murder, as well as two felony counts of attempted murder of a police officer, according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Authorities say Gonzalez knew all the victims either through a business or personal relationship.
Gonzalez was wounded and remained hospitalized in stable but critical condition on Friday. It was unclear whether he suffered a self-inflicted wound or was shot by police.
At a Thursday morning news conference, police added the shooting, which was first reported around 5:25 p.m. Wednesday at 202 West Lincoln Ave., was not a “random act of violence” and believe it was an isolated incident.
Police recovered a semi-automatic gun and a backpack with pepper spray, handcuffs and ammunition.
The names of the victims have not been officially released by authorities, but family members identified the victims as as Luis Tovar, his daughter Genevieve Raygoza, Leticia Solis and 9-year-old Matthew Farias, who was found cradled in the arms of a woman believed to be his mother.
“I’m here to make something very, very clear: Mr. Gonzalez is eligible for the death penalty,” Spitzer said. “This is a special-circumstances case. There were multiple victims.”