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Gunman Is Dead After Fatal Attack In California

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UPDATE 7:20 p.m.: (AP) - Authorities in California say a gunman is dead after killing a man and critically wounding two women not far from two polling places that were closed as a result.

They say the assault rifle attack in the Los Angeles suburb of Azusa wasn't election-related.

The two polling sites were shut down for several hours Tuesday while officers surrounded a home where the gunman's body was found. One later reopened.

Authorities called to the scene got into a gun battle and police say it's unclear whether they fatally wounded the gunman or he killed himself. No officers were hurt.

The shooting took place not far from several schools, including one that was serving as a polling place, and across the street from a park that also had a polling site.

Police don't have a specific motive for the shootings.

The names of the gunman and the dead man haven't been released. The wounded victims are described as two women in their mid-50s.

UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: (AP) - Police say a person with an assault rifle killed one person and wounded two others near two Southern California polling sites that were locked down.

Azusa police Chief Steve Hunt says the suspect began firing Tuesday at arriving officers who returned fire before they took cover near a park.

Hunt says a person is down at the front door of a home but couldn't immediately say whether that person was the shooter.

Elections officials say one of the polling sites has reopened. Voters were being urged to seek nearby polling places.

The motive of the shooting was unknown and it was unclear if it had anything to do with the election.

No officers were hurt.

ORIGINAL: (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead and three are injured following reports of a shooting near a Los Angeles-area polling site.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina says one person was dead on arrival Tuesday, two people were airlifted to hospitals and a fourth was being treated. He was unable to say whether the four people had been shot.

An elementary school that's also a polling place was on lockdown.

Azusa police Officer Jerry Willison says someone fired on officers at the scene, but none of them were hurt. He says the officers had to seek cover.

He also was unable to say whether those injured had been shot.

He says no arrests have been made.