A shooting has been reported at an office building that houses Southern California Edison in Irwindale, leaving the alleged gunman dead. Two others were killed, with two additional people wounded and in the hospital, in stable condition. One of the two who were killed by the gunman died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
The shooting took place around 1:30 p.m. Friday when a male suspect entered the building and opened fire.
When the shooter walked in, he reportedly told one group of employees, "Don't worry, this isn't for you," according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He walked past them and shot several people before turning the gun on himself. He apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
By most accounts, it was a quiet Friday afternoon at the sprawling Rivergrade facility, near the intersection of the 210 and the 605 freeways. Around 1,100 employees work at the facility, 300 in the 4900 Rivergrade Drive building where the shootings occurred.
Police evacuated the building at the San Gabriel Valley corporate campus where SoCal Edison rents office space. Those inside were told to leave the building with their hands up as officers went room to room, clearing the building.
Police kept reporters outside the front gate. Inside, between 60 and 70 workers were held for questioning about what witnesses may have seen or heard. Workers were slowly let out, but told not to talk to the media.
All of those shot or wounded were working for Southern California Edison. Four were employees, while one was a contractor. "It's obviously a horrible tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families," said SoCal Edison spokesman Gil Alexander. It remains unclear whether the shooter worked for SoCal Edison.
The facility was closed, and no time for it to reopen was announced.
Olive Middle School was put on lockdown after the shooting as a precaution, but was let off lockdown around 3 p.m. Earlier in the day, police had locked down nearby Walnut Elementary School as well. That school has since been reopened.
Edison says that they're providing counseling for employees and setting up a fund for those impacted by the shooting.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department had firefighters at building. Baldwin Park police also assisted local police.
This story has been updated.