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Edison shooting: Employees blocked doors with office equipment

December 16, 2011 |  3:13 pm

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Employees at a Southern California Edison office in Irwindale hunkered down in locked offices after a gunman opened fire Friday.

An employee told The Times that he and others locked the door to their office and put office equipment in front of it in hopes of preventing the gunman from getting in.

"Everyone is locked in a room with heavy equipment in front of the doors," said the employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Another worker told KCAL-TV Channel 9 that her colleagues put a refrigerator in front of the door to their office.

Police said the gunman shot a male and female employee before taking his own life. The conditions of the victims were not immediately available.

It was unclear if the gunman was an Edison employee.

The shooting prompted a lockdown at several schools as officials determined whether the gunman was still alive.

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Edison has not confirmed the number of people injured, but law enforcement authorities said people had been transported to hospitals.

The shooting occurred about 2 p.m. at 4910 Rivergrade Road. Employees were seen on the television news walking out of the building with their arms up.


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Photo: People are evacuated from the Irwindale building. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5