Gavin Newsom Calls Orange County Shooting 'Horrifying and Heartbreaking'

California Governor Gavin Newsom has expressed his support for the families of four people killed during a shooting in southern California. The victims include a child.

"Horrifying and heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight," Newsom said on Twitter.

The shooting took place at a business complex in the city of Orange on Wednesday evening. A fifth victim, a woman, was injured. The suspected assailant was also wounded after being shot by police. Both were taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Lt. Jennifer Amat told MSNBC that a gun had been recovered from the scene but offered no further details. Police are working to establish a motive for the shootings.

The name of the business where the incident occurred has not yet been released.

California State Assemblyman Rob Bonta responded to the shooting by drawing attention to the wider issue of gun violence in the U.S. Bonta is Newsom's nominee for attorney general of California. He would succeed Xavier Becerra, who resigned in order to become President Joe Biden's secretary of health and human services

"Tonight our hearts ache for these victims and all those impacted by this terrible tragedy," Bonta tweeted. "Gun violence is America's disease. No one should have to fear for their lives at work, in school, or in prayer."

Horrifying and heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the families impacted by this terrible tragedy tonight.

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 1, 2021

State Senator Tom Umberg, a Democrat who represents Orange and Los Angeles counties, tweeted condolences from himself and his wife, Robin Umberg, who is a brigadier general in the U.S. Army.

"Robin and I are devastated to hear about the shooting in Orange. My staff and I will be monitoring the situation as new information becomes available," Umberg wrote.

Members of the U.S House of Representatives also expressed their shock and sadness on social media. Rep. Katie Porter, a Democrat serving California's 45th district, wrote: "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. My team and I will continue to monitor the situation closely."

Rep. Lou Correa of California's 46th district posted: "I am devastated by the news that a child died tonight in a mass shooting in Orange. My thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Both Porter and Correa's districts include parts of Orange County.

A number of mass killings have taken place across the U.S. in recent weeks. Eight people died in a series of shootings in and around Atlanta on March 16. Six days later, 10 people were shot dead in Boulder, Colorado.

4/1/2020 6am E.T.: This article has been updated to include comments from California lawmakers.

California Governor Gavin Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom looks on during a news conference after he toured the newly reopened Ruby Bridges Elementary School on March 16 in Alameda. Newsom has called a shooting in the state "horrifying." Justin Sullivan/Getty Images