Shooting At Southern California Edison

December 17, 2011 by staff 

Shooting At Southern California EdisonShooting At Southern California Edison, One man was found dead next to his work cubicle, reports the L.A. Times. His killer was nearby in an open area, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman told the Times.

The shooting at around 1:30 p.m. Friday at Southern California Edison offices in a business park in Irwindale forced a lockdown of the large office complex and nearby schools as officers from surrounding cities and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s SWAT team responded. Besides the gunman, two are dead, and two remain in critical condition in the hospital.

“This is one of the most horrible days in our company’s history,” said Edison International Chairman and CEO Ted Craver. “We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic events.”

The shooter was identified as 48-year-old Andre Turner of Norco, a SoCal Edison employee. The two people killed were later identified as 56-year-old Henry Serrano of Walnut and 53-year-old Robert Lindsay of Chino, according to Lt. Larry Dietz of the coroner’s office. The two who are hospitalized — a man and a woman — are also employed by SoCal Edison, but they have not been identified.

Southern California Edison has announced it will provide funds and grief counseling to employees and family members impacted by the shooting rampage, and two others critically wounded before the gunman took his own life.

Investigators are still searching for a motive.

Turner had been at work in the morning, but it wasn’t clear to authorities if he left and came back, a sheriff’s department supervisor told the Times. The gunman methodically picked off co-workers, including some Edison supervisors, the Times reported. He asked some people to leave.

A budget meeting was held and cuts were discussed before the shooting began, KCAL reported, but police would not say if the threat of layoffs set off the attack. KCAL also reported the shooter was underwater on his house, and police later searched his Norco house and escorted the man’s family away.

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