California — A utility company office worker shot four colleagues Friday with a semiautomatic handgun, fatally wounding two before killing himself in a business park outside Los Angeles, police said.
“As far as we know there was one shooting suspect, period,” said Baldwin Park police Capt. Michael Taylor.
The shooting around 1:30 p.m. local time at Southern California Edison offices forced a lockdown of a large office complex and nearby schools as officers from surrounding cities and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s SWAT team responded.
“This is one of the most horrible days in our company’s history,” said Edison International Chairman and CEO Ted Craver. “We are deeply saddened by today’s tragic events.”
A man and a woman were wounded by gunfire and were listed in critical condition at local hospitals, said Sheriff’s Lt. Holly Francisco.
Three men were killed in the shooting — two bodies were found on the scene and a third died en route to a hospital. Four of the shooting victims were company employees and the fifth was a contract worker.
Craver was careful not to provide identifying details for the victims, saying the company was still working to contact family members.
There was no immediate word on what prompted the gunfire.
Police could not confirm media reports that at least two of the targeted victims were believed to be company managers.
No gunfire was exchanged after officers arrived.
In the hours after the shooting, police cars, ambulances and fire trucks surrounded the building, and dozens of workers emerged with their hands over their heads.