3 dead in S. California office shooting

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Mar 5, 2010
IRWINDALE: A utility company office worker shot four colleagues Friday with a semi-automatic 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 Capt. Michael Taylor.

The shooting around 1:30 p.m. 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.

A man and a woman were wounded by gunfire and were listed in critical condition at local hospitals, said Sheriff’s Lt. Holly Francisco.

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 worker.

There was no immediate word on what prompted the gunfire.