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Southern California Edison office shooting victims, killer identified


This news story was published on December 18, 2011.
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By Irfan Khan and Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Authorities on Saturday identified two men killed in a workplace shooting at a Southern California Edison office in Irwindale, as well as the gunman, who investigators said was a co-worker.

Robert Scott Lindsay, 53, of Chino Hills and Henry Serrano, 56, of Walnut were killed Friday when Andre Turner, 48, of Norco opened fire in the office with a semiautomatic handgun, then took his own life.

Two others, Angela Alvarez, 46, of Glendale, an Edison employee, and Abhay Pimpale, 38, of Montebello, a contract worker, were wounded and in critical condition.

All five worked in Edison’s information technology department, Lindsay and Serrano as managers. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are still trying to determine a motive for the rampage.

The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. at Edison offices just off Interstate 605. Turner methodically picked off co-workers, a source told the Los Angeles Times.

“He told some people to leave and he was very deliberate about who he shot,” the source said. “He did not like management.”
After shooting his co-workers, Turner committed suicide, authorities said.

More than 1,000 people, mostly information technology staffers, work in the offices. Employees need a card key to get into the facility, according to Edison. The gated complex consists of two, two-story buildings and a three-story building where the shooting occurred.

Sheriff’s investigators were interviewing many of the workers. “It’s a slow process … Eleven hundred people work there,” said Steve Whitmore, a sheriff’s spokesman.

When the shooting erupted, employees hunkered down in their offices or break rooms, piling equipment in front of the doors, one worker said. Nearby schools were locked down for a brief period until authorities were sure the gunman was dead.

“This is one of the most horrible days in our company’s history,” Ted Craver, chairman and chief executive of Southern California Edison, said in a written statement Friday.

Lindsay had worked for Edison for 29 years; Serrano for 26. The shooter had been there for seven, said Edison spokesman Steven Conroy.

At a news conference Saturday, Conroy said the company will donate $100,000 to a fund established for victims and their families, and will match employee contributions. He also said the company has provided grief counselors to employees and family members.

“Edison appreciates the outpouring of support from the community at this difficult time,” he said in a statement.

At the Serrano home in Walnut, a longtime friend, Jose Mejia, politely said that the family was not ready to talk now. He shared a holiday greeting card featuring a Serrano family portrait. Henry Serrano sits, beaming, with his wife and two daughters as his two sons stand behind with their fiancees. One son has his right hand on his father’s shoulder.

Family and friends showed up at the tidy, two-story home, decked in Christmas decorations. A teary-eyed young man walked out of the home and stared at the sky; moments later, a young woman hugged him, buried her head in his chest, and cried.
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(Times staff writer Sam Quinones contributed to this report.)

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