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Police Kill Suspected Shooter After Taking Fire Inside Santa Ana Church

Police were investigating whether a second shooter was in the area.

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A suspected shooter was killed Sunday after firing at officers inside an Orange County church, Santa Ana police said.

Police responded to a report of fighting in the parking lot of Merchant Logo Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, located at 1100 S. Center St. in Santa Ana around 4:15 p.m., the Santa Ana Police Department said in a press release.

A parishioner told responding officers that a man with a gun was inside the church, police said.

Officers went inside the church and the suspect shot at officers, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said, but no officers were injured.

The shooting took place inside the church, near the altar, with the suspect running outside and found dead with a firearm outside the church, Santa Ana Police Chief David Valentin said.

The shooting took place in between mass, with 10-15 people inside the church, Valentin said.

After a search of the area, no second shooter was found, the chief said, and the incident appeared to be an isolated instance.

A voting center inside the church was closed indefinitely due to the shooting, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

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