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Gunman methodically picked victims at Edison building

December 16, 2011 |  5:13 pm

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The gunman who shot four people at a Southern California Edison office methodically picked his victims, a source said.

An Edison employee who knew the gunman said he entered the first-floor office and seemed to select  his victims. “It was a common area and he told people to leave and he was very deliberate about who he shot,” the employee said. “He did not like management.”

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.

A source said the gunman was also an employee at the Edison building who worked as as systems analyst. His name was not released.

PHOTOS: Gunman shoots 4 at SoCal Edison office in Irwindale

At least some of the victims were supervisors at Edison.

Employees hunkered down in locked offices after the gunman opened fire.

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.

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

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