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Shooting near Los Angeles-area polling place not election-related

A fatal shooting near a polling place in Azusa, a small city northeast of Los Angeles, was likely unrelated to the election.

“We don’t believe there is any connection to terrorism,” said City of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Capt. Steven D. Katz. “It could be domestic violence, but nothing jumps out right now.”

“We don’t think there is any connection to the polling places or the election,” he added.

One person was killed and two others injured in the shooting. An official told the Los Angeles Times that at least one of the victims was headed to vote.

Katz confirmed that the suspect was dead and found with a rifle near his body after exchanging fire with four officers.

“The firing was fast and furious and at very close range,” Katz said. “We don’t know how the suspect died. There’s a very strong likelihood he may have been struck by gunfire or he turned the gun on himself.”

The victims include one older male who died in an ambulance and two women, ages 65 and 59, who are in critical condition.

Earlier Tuesday, the Azusa Police Department reported that there was a “critical incident” near Fourth Street and Orange Avenue in the city, close to a polling location and about a mile from another.

A representative of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office said that the shooting occurred near the polling place, rather than inside.

With reporting by William Dauber in California.

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