A lone gunman armed with a rifle shot dead two people Friday and injured two others in an office building of Southern California Edison in Los Angeles, before killing himself, the LA Times is reporting.
According to a report by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the shooting took place at about 1:30 p.m., and prompted a lockdown at several nearby schools as officials tried to determine whether the gunman was still alive.
Local police chief Dennis Smith said the gunman, who multiple media reports say worked as a systems analyst at the utility company, apparently killed himself after shooting another man and a woman.
Reports say that one of the dead was discovered inside the office building while another died en route to a hospital.
The two wounded have unspecified injuries but their conditions are not known at this time.
There was no immediate word on what prompted the gunfire.
Gil Alexander, a spokesman for Southern California Edison, said the company has about 200 employees at the facility, which he said requires a security card to be swiped at the doors before one can enter the building.
Alexander called the incident “an enormous tragedy.”
Here is a local news clip on the Southern California Edison shooting: