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The chief suspect in a mass shooting that killed four people, including one child, has been accused of violent crimes in the past, The Epoch Times has learned.

Records from the Orange County Superior Court show that Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, 44, was charged with child abuse and endangerment, assault with a deadly weapon that was not a gun, dissuading a witness, and assault and battery charges on March 31, 2015.

Those charges came exactly six years prior to the most recent crimes he’s accused of.

Gonzalez reportedly pleaded not guilty to all four charges and three of the charges were dismissed on November 30, 2015. The battery charge was dismissed in 2017 after he completed a probationary sentence.

Gonzales was a truck driver, and on September 18, 2014, was charged with a driving-related infraction.

A public records search shows that Gonzalez was a truck driver for a number of years, for companies Mina Trucking LLC, Red Cone Trucking, and USA Dump Trucking LLC, all located in Anaheim.

Gonzales now faces charges related to a mass shooting in Orange that left four dead and another person injured.

This undated photo provided by the Orange Police Department shows Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, a 44-year-old Fullerton, Calif., man who is the suspect in a shooting that occurred inside a counseling business in Orange, Calif., on March 31, 2021. (Courtesy of the Orange Police Department)

About 5:30 p.m. March 31, a man used bicycle-type locks to secure the gates leading to an office building at 202 W. Lincoln Avenue and opened fire at a Unified Homes office. He was later shot by police, and was transported to hospital in critical but stable condition.

The victims included 28-year-old Jenevieve Raygoza, her 50-year-old father Luis Tovar, and nine-year-old
Matthew Farias. Leticia Solis was also killed.

Matthew and Jenevieve’s mother, Blana Tamayo, survived the shooting. Her condition wasn’t immediately known.

Gonzales has been charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. He is also facing a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders, which makes him eligible for the death penalty if convicted.

Police said April that Gonzalez’ last known address was in Fullerton, and that he knew all of his victims, including the nine-year-old boy.

Gonzalez was reportedly shot by police and is currently in the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange in “critical, yet stable condition.” His arraignment was postponed until April 5 due to him still being unconscious as of 2 p.m. April 2.

Investigators believe that Gonzalez had been living out of a motel in Anaheim and used a rental car to drive to the business center where the mass shooting occurred.

According to court records, Gonzalez filed for divorce from his wife Martha Jenice Bueno Lopez on January 25, 2005. The divorce was finalized on December 11, 2006.

They had a child together.

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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