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Gunman targeted victims in Edison shooting rampage

Police investigate after the shootings inside the Southern California Edison office in Irwindale.
The gunman who shot four people -- two of them fatally -- before killing himself at a Southern California Edison office Friday appeared to target specific victims, a witness said.

The unidentified man, an Edison employee, began shooting after 1:30 p.m. at the sprawling Edison facility at 4910 Rivergrade Road. The witness told the Los Angeles Times that the gunman did not fire randomly.

"He told people to leave and he was very deliberate about who he shot,” said the employee, who spoke on the condition of annoymity. “He did not like management.”

PHOTOS: Gunman shoots 4 at SoCal Edison office in Irwindale

One of the victims died at the scene and the other died on the way to the hospital. The conditions of the two other victims were not immediately available, said Capt. Michael Taylor of the Baldwin Park Police Department, which is helping with the investigation.

Edison International Chief Excutive Theodore F. Craver Jr. said all Southern California Edison buildings immediately were locked down after the shooting. He said the gunman was a Southern California Edison employee and the victims were three employees and a contract worker at the Irwindale information technology facility.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to families of the employees," Craver said. 

He said all but one of the victims in the deadly rampage were men. Craver said the Irwindale office was a secure facility with a special card needed to gain entry. Craver said the company was reaching out to the victims' families, was trying to comfort employees and was continuing to assist law enforcement agencies.

"It is a very sad day for us," he said. "... This company has been around for 125 years. It acts like a family."

Taylor said SWAT officers scoured the building and rescued employees hunkered down in their locked offices. About 1,050 employees work in the three-story building, primarily in the company's Information Technology and Transmission and Distribution divisions.

A source said the gunman worked at the Edison building as a systems analyst.

PHOTOS: Gunman shoots 4 at SoCal Edison office in Irwindale

At least some of the victims were supervisors at Edison.

One 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.

The shooting prompted a lockdown at several nearby schools as officials sought to determine whether the gunman was still alive.


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Photo: Police investigate after the shootings inside the Southern California Edison office in Irwindale. Credit: Christina House / For the Los Angeles Times

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