Orange County has been the scene of several mass or mass attacks, including Sunday shooting at Laguna Woods resulting in one person killed and five injured, four in critical condition.
Until Sunday, the last mass shooting in Orange County took place at a real estate office in Orange on March 31, 2021.
Aminadab Gaciola Gonzalez was charged with murder under special circumstances for the murder of Genevieve Raigoza, 28; Luis Tavar, 50; Leticia Solis Guzman, 58; and Matthew Farias, 9 years old. He was also accused of attempting to kill Matthew’s mother, Blanche Ismeralda Tamayo, and of allegedly shooting two officers who were not injured. Gonzalez was shot dead during the confrontation and was declared incapable of trial.
Here are some of the other crimes Orange County has experienced:
Scott Decree killed eight people and wounded a ninth during a mass shooting in the Seal Beach cabin on October 12, 2011, considered the most horrific massacre in Orange County history. Dekraay confessed to the murders. When he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, an Orange County judge told Decree that “the gates of hell have opened and you have become the face of evil in this community.”
Edward Charles Alloway, janitor of the state of California at Fullerton serving in the Marine Corps, on July 12, 1976, walked around the room on campus, firing a semi-automatic 22-caliber rifle. Seven people died in the shooting, which for many years was considered the bloodiest loss in the history of Orange County. Alway, who surrendered to police, was found not guilty of insanity and sent to a state psychiatric hospital.
Christopher Dorner, a fired Los Angeles police officer, killed a couple of Irwin and two law enforcement officers in 2013 before committing suicide while dismantling a cabin near Big Bear Lake. Dorner, in a chaotic manifesto, threatened his former LAPD colleagues and their families, describing the department as racist and corrupt.
Arthur Reyes Torres December 18, 1997 returned to the Caltrans yard in Orange, where he was fired a few weeks ago and shot dead four people. He also wounded a police officer during a shootout that ended with Torres being killed.
Ali Saeed, a 20-year-old man armed with a gun, On February 19, 2013, he committed murder, car theft and shooting, killing four, including himself. The riot began at his parents ’house before passing through Santa Ana, Tastin and ending in Orange. No motives were ever published, although a death note left by Saeed reported that he had trouble taking antidepressants.
Gregory Allen Sturm August 19, 1990 killed three former employees at a auto parts store in Tustin, lined them up, tied them up with duct tape and shot them in the back of the head to keep them from recognizing him. He was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
And pending trial:
Zachary Castaneda, a 33-year-old gang member, is accused that on August 7, 2019, he stabbed Garden Grove and Santa Ana, killing four and injuring two. He is currently awaiting trial on four criminal counts of murder, as well as on numerous other charges. Police and prosecutors did not specify suspicious motives.