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Seal Beach shooting: Worried relatives wait for word on victims

October 12, 2011 |  3:45 pm

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The nephew of a longtime employee at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach said he is fearful for the safety of his uncle – and hasn't been able to reach him.

Adrian Aragon said his uncle, Gordy Gallego, has worked at the salon for 10 years. As soon as Aragon heard about the shooting, he began calling Gallego's house and cellphone.

"It's just going straight to voice mail," Aragon said, visibly shaken as he peered beyond the police tape for a glimpse of his uncle.

Aragon said he drove straight to Seal Beach from Anaheim.

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He said he did not know whether his uncle was working at the time of the shooting.

Authorities have not released the names of any of the dead or the three wounded.

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center spokeswoman Richele Craveiro-Steele said three victims are being treated in the trauma unit.

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He said that if family members believe a relative at the salon was wounded, they should check with hospital personnel in the emergency room.

"Our hearts go out to those family members," she said.


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-- Lauren Williams in Seal Beach and Ruben Vives in Long Beach

Photo: Friends and colleagues pray together near the salon where a gunman opened fire. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times