‘Multiple victims’ shot at California church: Sheriff

Law enforcement officials in California scrambled to carry out a “multiple casualty” shooting at a church near Los Angeles on Sunday, just one day after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in the New York State.

“Deputies are responding to reports of a church shooting,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department tweeted. “Multiple victims have been shot,” they said after 2:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. GMT).

A second tweet read: “We have apprehended one person and recovered a weapon that may be involved.”

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The Orange County Fire Authority said on Twitter that its firefighters and paramedics were “on scene and treating and transporting multiple patients.”

Images posted on social media appeared to show emergency vehicles lined up outside a church.

“This is disturbing and disturbing news, especially less than a day after a mass shooting in Buffalo,” Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter, who represents Orange County in Washington, tweeted.

“This should not be our new normal.”

According to the sheriff’s department, the church is located in the town of Laguna Woods, 45 miles (70 kilometers) southwest of Los Angeles.

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