A fifth person was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound, Lt. Jennifer Amat said.
“Tonight around 5:30 p.m. officers arrived to a call of shots fired at the area of 202 W. Lincoln,” Amat said during a news conference, adding that officers encountered gunshots at the scene.
An officer-involved shooting occurred and a suspect was transported to the hospital, Amat said. The suspect sustained a gunshot wound and is critical condition, she said.
The department did not give any other information about the suspect or about the victims.
“I can tell you that we haven’t had an incident like this in the city of Orange since 1997,” Amat said. “It’s just such a tragedy for the victims, their families, our community and our police department.”
One firearm was recovered from the scene, Amat said.
News of the mass shooting drew immediate condemnation.
California Rep. Katie Porter said she and her team are monitoring the situation.
The FBI Los Angeles division confirmed to CNN it responded to the shooting in a routine manner but that the Orange Police Department was the lead investigative agency.