Child among four killed after shooter opens fire in office block

A fifth person is being treated in hospital (AP/AFP/Getty)

A child is among four dead after a shooter opened fire at an office in southern California.

The shooter, whose motivations are so far unknown, was shot by an officer and taken to hospital, police said, adding that the suspect’s condition was not known.

Police did not release any more information about the victims, but said that a fifth individual was hospitalised.

The incident began around 5:30pm local time on the upper floor of a small office building in the city of Orange.

‘The situation has been stabilized and there is no threat to the public,’ the Orange Police Department said in a post to their Facebook page.

California governor Gavin Newsom posted on Twitter: ‘Horrifying and heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight.’

‘I’m deeply saddened by reports of a mass shooting in Orange County, and I’m continuing to keep victims and their loved ones in my thoughts as we continue to learn more,’ US Representative Katie Porter from California also tweeted.

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