Pictured: Law firm partner and family man, 58, who shot dead Pamela Anderson‘s attorney and injured another lawyer at their office holiday party moments after he was fired
The man who shot dead a fellow attorney and wounded another before turning the gun on himself Friday at a Southern California holiday party has been identified.
A coroner named 58-year-old family man John Mendoza responsible in the murder-suicide at Bixby Knolls Law office in Long Beach around 2:25pm, according to the .
Mendoza killed 75-year-old Major A Langer – a veteran attorney who worked with celebrities like Pamela Anderson – during the office Christmas party.
It has been revealed that Langer attempted to fire Mendoza right before the deadly events occurred.
Mendoza also injured Ronald Beck, who runs day-to-day operations at the firm.
Beck is currently in serious but stable condition and was rushed to the hospital by his son after the shooting.
Long Beach police responded to Bixby Knolls amid reports of an active shooter, but realized after it was actually a ‘workplace violence incident‘.
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Mendoza is pictured on Facebook smiling with his family and dog in the months prior to the deadly events.
His biography said he studied political science at the University of California, Los Angeles and studied law at Pepperdine University.
The late Langer‘s friend described the lawyer as ‘the most caring, sincere man I probably ever met‘.
Jim Hall said: ‘He just had a heart of gold and really cared for everybody who works at the firm and considers them members of his family … He certainly didn‘t deserve this.‘
Langer has practiced law for 51 years and represented Anderson in a breach of contract lawsuit, according to the .
‘Langer was well-known in legal circles, having tried 75 civil and criminal cases to verdict,‘ the firm‘s website said.
‘He handled Weber vs. the city of Rolling Hills, a 14-month trial that is believed to be the longest trial in the history of California, represented actress Pamela Anderson in a breach of contract lawsuit and won numerous six-to seven-figure verdicts.‘
A murder investigation is currently underway at the scene and a handgun was found in the office, according to the. No officers were involved in the shooting.
Sgt Brad Johnson said the shooter died from a self-inflicted gun would, and didn‘t engage with any officers. It‘s not clear if he was dead before they got to the scene.
Video showed people running from an unmarked building shouting about a shooting inside.
The two-story building, with windows decorated with Christmas displays featuring candy canes and Santa Clause, is home to several law offices.
Dozens of police officers, including members of a SWAT team, surrounded the building and blocked off surrounding streets. Multiple ambulances arrived to the scene.
Police later confirmed that it wasn‘t an active shooter situation, despite initial reports, but instead a ‘workplace violence incident.‘
‘They did so with the understanding that the suspect was alive and lying in wait to shoot them inside,‘ a source told the Press Telegram about why the incident was first marked an active shooter.
Officers searched the firm room to room to be sure everyone was accounted for and there were no other gunmen, police said.
Joy Wilson told the Times she heard police sirens near her home and walked outside to see nearly two dozen people running ‘like they were trying to get away.‘
‘They were definitely panicking,‘ she said. ‘Something bad was happening, they were moving.‘
Agnes, a 40-year-old who lives in the area said neighbors are shocked by the violence, describing it as a ‘very safe area.‘
‘Everything was always fine,‘ she said. ‘We have good neighbors. That is why I am in shock.‘
Long Beach is about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles on the southern tip of LA county and has about 460,000 people.
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