LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Several family members who had loved ones wounded or killed at the SCE building in Irwindale tell CBS2 and KCAL9 that the company and police kept them in the dark for as many as nine hours.
Shrikane and Vibha Baradkar, uncle and aunt of Abhay Pimpale of Montebello, said they heard he had been shot by watching KCAL9.
Pimpale returned home Saturday evening about 9:20 p.m. The extent of his injuries is unknown but yesterday he was described in critical condition.
Ann Sterling, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to his family.
Shrikane told her, “He’s very lucky to be alive. Real lucky.”
Pimpale — father of a 3-year-old son and a newborn baby — did not want to appear on camera telling Sterling he only wanted to “spend time with my family.”
Neighbors of Andre Turner, accused as the gunman, said his wife Jean — fearing that she hadn’t heard from her husband all day — worried that he might be among the victims.
The Turners’ Norco neighbor Deidre Corbin says she spoke to Jean earlier in the day.
“I had asked her if she received a call, a text, or anything from him,” says Corbin. “She said that she hadn’t heard anything.”
It was not until hours later that Jean learned it was Andre himself who pulled the trigger.
Jay Jackson, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, spoke to several of Turner’s neighbors. Some wanted to appear on camera, some did not. But all agreed their quiet, soft-spoken and religious neighbor did not seem like the sort to go on a shooting rampage.
Robert Young said, “He was just this…nice guy. A nice guy. It’s hard for me to believe this has happened.”
Another neighbor who did not want his face shown repeatedly expressed his disbelief. “It’s quite shocking,” he said, “they’re a nice, lovely couple.”
Sterling reports that SCE apologized to families for the long delay in getting the word out. They said that police were conducting a thorough investigation and that their hands were tied.
Long-time SCE employees Robert Scott Lindsay and Henry Serrano were fatally shot.Lindsay, 53, hailed from Chino Hills. He was with SCE for 29 years. Serrano, 56, of Walnut, worked for SCE for 26 years.
KCAL9 and CBS2 reporter Suraya Fadel was with Lindsay’s parents in Costa Mesa when they learned their son was a victim in the attack. They received a call from his wife about 10:30 p.m., about nine hours after the rampage. She told them a police officer had just confirmed her husband, their son, was one of the dead. Fadel said they were “angry,” to say the least.
SCE has set up a fund for the victims. The company contributed $100,000 and urged their employees to also donate.