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Edison shooting: 911 tape of call for help released

December 19, 2011 |  5:49 pm

 Employees gather in San Gabriel Valley Corporate Campus after gunman opens fire

Security guards at Southern California Edison's Irwindale office where two utility employees were shot to death and two others were wounded Friday by a gun-wielding employee wrongly believed that the shooter was in the parking lot, according to a copy of the 911 call.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Monday released the 911 tape of a security guard at the building  reporting the gunfire. The guard initially tells an Irwindale police dispatcher there are gunshots going on outside in the parking lot.

The guard tells the dispatcher that bullets are being fired at the southwest portion of the building. The dispatcher assures the guard, "We are on our way right now."

Irwindale 911 call (Recorded on Dec. 16, 2011 at 1:24 p.m.) by Tony Barboza


A California Highway Patrol official also contacts the dispatcher and asks what is going on at the facility. The dispatcher replies, “It is an active shooter."

Andre Turner, 48, fatally shot himself after walking up and shooting Robert Lindsay, 53, and Henry Serrano, 56, both supervisors. They died in their offices.

A law enforcement source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Times that detectives are still investigating but noted that Turner had been reprimanded a short time before the shooting.

“Witnesses describe him as calm and calculated, even making small talk between the shootings,” the source said.

PHOTOS: Gunman shoots 4 at SoCal Edison office in Irwindale

Angela Alvarez, 46, one of Turner’s bosses, remains hospitalized; but Southern California Edison said Abhay Pimpale, an independent contractor working for Edison, was well enough to be released from the hospital.

According to a law enforcement source, Turner exhibited no unusual behavior on the morning before the shootings. The source said that initially, people were not even aware of the event unfolding.

Hundreds of employees gathered Sunday for a vigil outside the Edison facility in Irwindale.


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Photo: Employees of businesses in the San Gabriel Valley Corporate Campus gather after a gunman opened fire on employees at Southern California Edison offices in Irwindale on Friday. Credit: David McNew / Reuters