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Details of Edison rampage emerge as gunman's wife offers sympathy

December 18, 2011 |  2:29 pm

The scene outside the Southern California Edison facility
The wife of the gunman who killed two people and wounded two others in a Southern California Edison facility released a statement Sunday expressing shock about her husband's actions and sympathy for the victims' families. 

Also Sunday, officials released new details about gunman Andre Turner's behavior when the shooting occurred Friday.

Turner, 48, an SCE employee, walked into the company complex in Irwindale on Friday afternoon armed with a semi-automatic handgun. He 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 wounded Angela Alvarez, 46, of Glendale, an SCE employee, and Abhay Pimpale, 38, of Montebello, a contract worker, who both were hospitalized in critical condition.

All of the victims worked in some sort of supervisory role at the facility, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Holly Francisco said in a statement. Investigators are trying to determine the connection each had with the suspect.

Even after the shooting began, many people in the building were not aware of what was happening, and even some who heard the gunshots did not associate the sound with gunfire, Francisco said.

"In between shooting different co-workers, the suspect calmly walked past several co-workers and had brief and calm conversations with them," Francisco said in a statement. 

Turner's wife, Jean Turner, wrote in a brief statement given to KTLA, "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."

She did not return a message left at the couple's home in Norco.

Edison International, SCE’s parent company, said it had set up a fund for the victims' families and would donate $100,000 to seed it. The company said it also would match employee contributions to the fund.


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Photo: Police and firefighters outside the Southern California Edison complex in Irwindale on Friday afternoon. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press