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1 dead, 2 injured in shooting at dental office in El Cajon, California

One person was killed and two other people were injured when a gunman opened fire at a dental office in El Cajon, California, on Thursday afternoon.

Police are looking for the suspect, identified as Mohammed Abdulkareem, 29, and said he used a gun. Police believe he is armed and dangerous and advise anyone who sees him to call 911.

Police responded to a 911 call at the North Magnolia Avenue office at 4:15 p.m. local time and provided “life-saving assistance” to the three victims.

The deceased victim is a man. Police have not publicly identified him. The coroner’s office will respond to identify him, police said.

El Cajon Police Capt. Rob Ransweiler said during a news briefing Thursday evening that officers found the victim, who was killed in the shooting, in the office and took him outside where it was safer to perform life-saving measures.

armed police response (NBC San Diego)

armed police response (NBC San Diego)

The two injured victims — a man in his 40s and a woman in her 20s — were taken to area hospitals where they were stable, Ransweiler said.

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Police declined to say whether they believe the shooting was targeted or whether they believe the suspect knew the victims.

The shooting took place in the dental office and everyone involved was inside, Ransweiler said, adding that there were other people inside when the shooting occurred. No other injuries were reported in the building.

Police said a citywide camera system identified the suspect’s vehicle. a white U-Haul pickup with Arizona license plate AM14894. They said they then confirmed the suspect had rented the truck.

Ransweiler said there is no indication of the suspect’s whereabouts and noted that if police knew where he was, he would have been taken into custody.

FBI San Diego and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.

El Cajon is a city about 15 miles northeast of San Diego.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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