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Edison Shooter Wanted to Downsize From His Upscale Home in Norco, His Wife Had No Clue He Might Be the Shooter
More details are coming out about Andre Turner, the employee who opened fire on his colleagues at Southern California Edison in Irwindale on Friday.
From the beginning, some employees — speaking out against their employers' wishes — had been saying that Turner was suffering from financial troubles. An employee told CBS News yesterday that Turner learned he was not getting a year-end bonus on Friday after a meeting discussing cutbacks and layoffs.
Franklin lived in a 5-bedroom home in an upscale neighborhood near a golf course in Norco, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. He had purchased his home for $711,000 in 2004 but it was now worth $543,000 according to the county assessor's office. It was put up for sale in November for $590,000. Turner's real estate agent Shane Tucker told the Associated Press that the home was up for a short sale and he and his wife were downsizing, but that he still couldn't see a motive for something so drastic.
Turner's wife perhaps didn't seem to either. When she heard news about what had happened at Edison, neighbors said she told them she was worried that he might have been one of the victims, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Like the other families of victims, Turner was kept in the dark about what happened on Friday afternoon. (Edison has apologized and said its hands were tied by a police investigation.) The Turners’ Norco neighbor Deidre Corbin had spoken to Jean earlier in the day — only hours later did she know that it was Andre himself who was the shooter.
She released a statement to KTLA offering her condolences to the victims and their families: "We are in shock and still trying to process this tragic event. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families."
Edison employees will be taking tomorrow off as a day of mourning, and the company has created a fund to help the victim's families. It has offered up $100,000 plus it promises to match any donated funds that come in.