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Gunman dead after shooting spree kills one and shuts 2 Calif polling sites

A gunman whose rampage killed one man and seriously wounded two women — leading to the lockdown of two election polling stations in the Los Angeles area — is dead, authorities said.

It is not clear if the gunman, who was armed with an assault rifle, killed himself or was fatally wounded during a shootout with police, according to The Associated Press.

The violence erupted near a middle school in a residential neighborhood in the town of Azusa, in Los Angeles County, after 2 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tweeted Tuesday night that the shooting "does not appear to have any direct connection to the election/polling places," but the Times quoted a law enforcement source as saying at least one victim was heading to vote.

One of the polling locations was an elementary school. One location has since re-opened.

SWAT team moves in on a barricaded suspect on Fourth Street east of Orange Avenue after several people were shot at that location in Azusa, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
Leo Jarzomb | San Gabriel Valley Tribune | SCNG via AP
SWAT team moves in on a barricaded suspect on Fourth Street east of Orange Avenue after several people were shot at that location in Azusa, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

NBC4 in Los Angeles reported that officers responding to the scene were met with gunfire. The gunman soon after entered a house.

Police have not released the names of either the gunman or his victims.

The county's elections chief, Dean Logan, tweeted that "voters should avoid the area and, if necessary, cast a ballot at an alternate polling location."

Azusa is a city 46,000 residents in the San Gabriel Valley, 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.