Los Angeles: In an incident of cold blooded mass shootings leading to the death of four people, a nine year old boy was shot dead who lay dying in the arms of his wounded mother as she tried in vain to shield him from the attack.
The bloodshed inside a two-story office complex in the city of Orange, about 30 miles (48km) southeast of downtown Los Angeles, marked the third deadly mass shooting in the United States in a month.
Ten people were killed at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22, and eight others died in a series of attacks on three Atlanta-area spas on March 16. The accused gunman in each of those rampages was likewise arrested.
But the suspect’s connection with the dead in the California attack appeared to set it apart from the shootings in Georgia and Colorado, where the victims were believed to have been killed at random.