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2 killed, 2 injured in Aliso Viejo shooting sparked by argument, 1 man sought

October 12, 2017

ALISO VIEJO – A shooting that left two dead and two more injured Thursday afternoon shattered the calm of a normally quiet city and put a middle school on a brief lockdown.

A man deputies believe to be the shooter remains at large.

The incident began when the Orange County Sheriff’s Department received reports of shots fired after an argument around 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

The call came from inside The Hamptons, a residential community of single-family homes on Ashbury Court near West Huntington Lane in Aliso Viejo, said sheriff’s Lt. Fred Thompson. Thompson told City News Service that the shooting was reported at 6 Ashbury Court.

A man and a woman were found shot to death and two men in their 50s were injured, authorities said.

The two men were taken to a local hospital, the Orange County Fire Authority reported and their conditions were unknown.

The sheriff’s department said late Thursday that a possible suspect in the shooting, Luke William Ferguson, 26, is “at large and armed.” He is white, 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 200 pounds. He has a tattoo that reads 90291 on his right shin, deputies said.

Investigators would not release many other details about the crime, including a possible motive or relationship between the parties.

No weapon has been found, Thompson said.

Aliso Viejo Middle School went on lockdown around 2:45 p.m. for 10 to 15 minutes, said Ryan Burris, a spokesman for the Capistrano Unified School District. Don Juan Avila Middle School had students and staff briefly shelter in place.

Lt. John MacPherson, of the Aliso Viejo sheriff’s division, said via Twitter that Air Support had responded to Aliso Viejo Middle School because of “a report of a loud boom” but that the school was “fine.”

Residents needing to reach or exit their homes were being allowed to do so with deputies escorting them, he added.

Detectives are expected to remain in the area throughout the night as they worked to get a search warrant to search the home.

Crime is rare in the city. Aliso Viejo was recently ranked one of the safest cities in the nation, placing 10th among the 100 safest cities in the U.S.

“We’re a very safe city … I don’t think this will impact that at all,” Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington said.

The last noteworthy act of violence in the city occurred in 2005  – Harrington, a former Orange County Sheriff’s deputy, responded to the call – when William Freund, 19, gunned down two of his neighbors and fatally shot himself.

This is a developing story; check back for updates. City News Service contributed to this report.

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