3 Dead, 2 Wounded In Shooting At Office Building In Irwindale
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A shooting at an office building in Irwindale on Friday left three people — including the gunman — dead. Two other people were wounded.
The building houses offices of Southern California Edison, but is not the corporate headquarters of the utility, which is in Rosemead.
The shooting in the 4900 block of Rivergrade Road was reported about 1:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
At least two local schools were under lockdown: Walnut Elementary and Olive Middle schools. At 2:45 p.m., Walnut Elementary remained on lockdown.
KCAL photographer Dave Gonzales — whose wife works in one of two buildings housing Edison offices at the scene, identified on KCAL9 as the San Gabriel Valley Corporate Campus — said his wife called him and told him that “four or five” people had been shot and the building was in lockdown.
A concerned Gonzales said his wife told him she was hiding under a desk and hung up.
Video showed some employees being evacuated from the building with their hands up to show that they were not carrying weapons.
A man identified only as Joe told KCAL9 that his girlfriend was near the shooting scene and texted him at 1:41 p.m., saying that 5 or 6 people had been shot.
The man said his girlfriend told him that she knew the male shooter and knew at least one of the shooting victims.
Irwindale Police Chief Dennis Smith said three people were shot — two males and a female — and he had been told the gunman killed himself.
Friday evening, SCE confirmed that the four shooting victims and the gunman were all employees or contracted with the company.
Three men are dead, two at the scene (including the gunman) and one at an area hospital. A male and female were taken to a hospital in unknown condition.