3 dead, 2 hurt in office shooting
Irwindale - A utility company office worker
shot four colleagues on Friday with a semiautomatic handgun, fatally wounding
two before killing himself in a business park outside Los Angeles, police said.
"As far as we know there was one
shooting suspect, period," said Baldwin Park police Captain Michael
The shooting around 13:30 local time at
Southern California Edison offices forced a lockdown of a large office complex
and nearby schools as officers from surrounding cities and the Los Angeles
County Sheriff Department's SWAT team responded.
"This is one of the most horrible days
in our company's history," said Edison International Chairperson and CEO
Ted Craver. "We are deeply saddened by today's tragic events."
A man and a woman were wounded by gunfire and
were listed in critical condition at local hospitals, said Sheriff's Lieutenant
Three men were killed in the shooting - two
bodies were found on the scene and a third died en route to a hospital. Four of
the shooting victims were company employees and the fifth was a contract
Craver was careful not to provide identifying
details for the victims, saying the company was still working to contact family
There was no immediate word on what prompted
Police could not confirm media reports that
at least two of the targeted victims were believed to be company managers.
No gunfire was exchanged after officers arrived.
In the hours after the shooting, police cars,
ambulances and fire trucks surrounded the building, and dozens of workers
emerged with their hands over their heads.
The complex is surrounded by a fence and
patrolled by a security guard. Employees need a security card to get into the
building, said Gil Alexander, a spokesperson for Southern California Edison.
About 230 employees work in the building where the shooting took place, and
about 1 100 employees work in the complex.
The utility's office is in a complex of
buildings that also includes a business called California Lighting Sales.
Cindy Gutierrez, the controller for that
company, said employees there didn't hear gunshots and didn't realise anything
was amiss until building management announced over the intercom that everyone
should stay indoors.
Two nearby schools were locked for about two
hours after the shooting and no one on the campuses was hurt.
Irwindale is a small industrial city of about
1 400 residents in the San Gabriel Valley, 35km east of downtown Los Angeles.
It is home to the Irwindale Speedway auto racetrack and large rock and gravel
Southern California Edison is one of its
largest companies, employing 2 100 people.