Gunman wounds three co-workers, then kills himself

Gunman wounds three co-workers, then kills himself

first_img“It’s his only job, that’s why he was so worried,” said Newhouse, who was watching news coverage of the shooting when police called and told her Mendez was involved. “He only said `I’ll be back’ when he left this morning and I said, `OK,”‘ she said. “He didn’t say anything to me about his work.” Police said Mendez was not scheduled to work Monday. Risinger said the victims had apparently helped him get the job assembling menus about a year ago. Victims Rafael Mendoza, 46, shot once in the back and once in the left elbow, and Sergio Garcia, 49, shot once in the chest and once in the left shoulder, were in fair but stable condition at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, said trauma surgeon Gergis Ghobrial. Part of Mendoza’s spine was also fractured. “They were very shocked,” Ghobrial said. “They could not talk but now they seem to be more relaxed.” There was no immediate information on the other victim, who was taken to St. Mary Medical Center. A dozen workers were in the business at the time of the attack. A female worker locked herself in a room and called 911 when the shooting started. By the time police arrived some employees, including two of the wounded, had evacuated. Officers got the other employees and the remaining wounded man out of the building. The total number of shots fired wasn’t known, Risinger said. The SWAT operation was conducted by a team from neighboring Long Beach. Kenyon Press, which makes custom designed menus, has customer service personnel, copywriters, designers, illustrators, proofreaders, prepress, press and bindery/manufacturing workers. Its clientele includes Las Vegas casinos and hotel chains, according to its Web site.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIGNAL HILL – A disgruntled employee shot and seriously wounded three co-workers at a menu printing plant Monday, then killed himself before a SWAT team entered the building, authorities said. Jose Mendez, 68, of Hawthorne entered Kenyon Press shortly after 9 a.m., walked past a superior and opened fire on the victims with a semiautomatic handgun, authorities said. The business owner told police the shooter indicated he was upset about a reduction in work for all employees, police Capt. Mary Risinger said. The owner wasn’t present during the shooting. Mendez’s longtime girlfriend, Gilma Newhouse, told The Associated Press in a brief phone interview Monday night that Mendez hadn’t worked since Feb. 9. last_img

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