Alleged Irwindale Shooting Suspect’s Widow Expresses Sadness, Shock

IRWINDALE (CBS)  — Jean Turner, widow of alleged SCE gunman Andre Turner, today expressed shock and sadness about her late husband’s shooting spree that left two co-workers dead and two others hospitalized.

Officials say after Turner fired on his supervisors, he turned the gun on himself.

“We are in shock and still trying to process this tragic event,” said Jean Turner.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families,” she said in a written statement.

SCE has established a $100,000 fund to aid victims and provided grief counseling to employees and family members impacted by Friday’s office shooting. Employees at the SCE Information Technology and Transmission and Distribution divisions in Irwindale were also given the option of staying away from work Monday.

The two people Turner murdered were identified as 56-year-old Henry Serrano, of Walnut, and 53-year-old Robert Lindsay, of Chino.

Turner and Lindsay died at the scene. Serrano died while being taken to a hospital, the coroner’s office said.

The two wounded victims — 46-year-old Glendale resident Angela Alvarez and contractor Abhay Pimpale, 38, of Montebello — were treated at an area hospital, SCE officials said.

Pimpale was released from the hospital Saturday. Alvarez remains hospitalized in critical condition.

On Friday about 1:30 p.m., Turner — armed with a semi-automatic handgun — began methodically shooting other employees inside an office building in the in the 4900 block of Rivergrade Road in Irwindale, authorities said.

The building — which houses more than 1,100 SCE employees — is part of a office complex called the San Gabriel Valley Corporate Campus.

Sheriff’s officials said Turner and all of his victims worked in the same region of the building.

Lindsay had been a manager in the IT division at SCE and worked for the company for 29 years, SCE officials said. He was married and was a father. Serrano, a manager in the same area, had worked for SCE for 26 years.

According to various media reports, Turner singled out certain co-workers to shoot — including some Edison supervisors — and told other people to leave.

A budget meeting was held and cuts were discussed before the shooting began, but police would not say if the threat of layoffs set off the attack, reports said.

Turner allegedly was having difficulty holding on to his Norco home. He and his wife were reportedly involved in a short sale of the home.

About 200 employees held a vigil for the dead and wounded Sunday. 

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