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Edison employees gather to mourn shooting victims

December 18, 2011 |  7:24 pm

Hundreds of employees gathered Sunday for a vigil outside a Southern California Edison facility in Irwindale, where a gunman killed two people and wounded two others in a shooting rampage Friday.

"We are all so shaken by what happened. About 250 employees came together to just commune over such a sad, sad event," said company spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady.

 "We are just brokenhearted and our hearts go out to all the families that are affected," she added.

PHOTOS: Gunman shoots 4 at SoCal Edison office in Irwindale

Andre Turner, 48, an Edison employee, walked into the company complex in Irwindale on Friday afternoon armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

He allegedly shot and killed Robert Lindsay, 53, of Chino, and Henry Serrano, 56, of Walnut, before turning the gun on himself, according to authorities. 

Turner also seriously wounded Angela Alvarez, 46, of Glendale, and Abhay Pimpale, 38, of Montebello.

Pimpale was released from the hospital Sunday, McGrady said.

"We would like to the thank the community," McGrady said. "We have had an incredible outpouring of support from friends, strangers, business partners. That means a lot to us."

Turner's wife released a statement Sunday noting her shock at what had happened and her sympathy for the victims.

Turner's wife, Jean Turner, wrote in a brief statement given to KTLA-TV: "We are in shock and still trying to process this tragic event. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families."


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--Garrett Therolf

Photo: Employees of businesses in the San Gabriel Valley Corporate Campus gather after a gunman opened fire on employees at Southern California Edison offices in Irwindale on Friday. Credit: David McNew / Reuters