#ElectionNight: Two dead in shooting at US polling station

#ElectionNight: Two dead in shooting at US polling station
Reports of a woman shooter killing two person and injuring two others on #ElectionNight has resulted in two nearby polling stations to close in California.
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09 November, 2016
The shooter has still not been caught and is surrounded by armed police [Anadolu]

Two polling stations in California were closed earlier today after a female shooter killed at least two people and wounded two others.

The shooting occurred at around 2:15pm eastern time in the vicinity of Fourth Street and Orange Avenue in the city of Azusa, located 40 kilometers to the east of Los Angeles.

"We believe that the suspect is armed with an assault rifle with a rapid fire capability," said Acting Chief of Police Captain Steve Hunt.

"The scene is still not stable, we have seven tactical teams in the area to make sure that we have the scene secure."

Three people were transported to a hospital with gunshot wounds and one was dead on arrival, local police confirmed.

Two polling stations in the area were closed down earlier today along with nearby schools, according to local officials.

Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan said the shooting had affected two polling stations - Memorial Park, a preschool, and Dalton Elementary school but that Dalton Elementary was now open again.

"The polling location at Dalton Elementary School is open and operational.  Memorial Park remains closed," Dalton tweeted.

Azusa police have advised people to stay away from the area until officers have apprehended the suspect, who is reportedly heavily armed.

One witness said there were around thirty people in the polling booth at the time. She told CNN that she heard shots shortly before the police placed the area on lockdown.

"At first, I thought it was construction but people came running into the room saying they see a guy with a bulletproof vest and a white shirt," she said.

"As of right now, they just have us in the voting room and are trying to keep us calm."