Omni Plastics Inc. offered counseling to a rattled work force and set up a victims' trust fund following an employee's shooting rampage in the Santa Fe Springs, Calif., plant June 5.
Operations were suspended to allow workers to cope with the fallout of first-article inspector Daniel S. Marsden's apparently random shooting with a 9 millimeter semiautomatic handgun. About 75 day-shift employees were in the 57,000-square-foot plant at the time. Omni, a custom injection molder of precision parts, reopened the plant June 9.
``His actions were a total surprise and shock,'' said spokesman Ray Sweet. ``Any remarks he made during this rampage were total fabrications.''
During the incident, Marsden loudly disclaimed being a homosexual, according to police officials quoted in several news stories.
``He accused a group of talking about his sexual orientation,'' said Sweet. ``The people were speaking in Spanish, and he doesn't understand Spanish.''
Hamad Wardak, 39, and Salvador Lara, 55, were killed, four were injured and the perpetrator committed suicide.
Wardak was born in Afghanistan, obtained a four-year degree in engineering and had been in the United States for nine years. A June 11 service was held in Newhall, Calif., and burial will be in his native country, said a mortuary spokeswoman. He is survived by his wife, Nafas.
Lara was born in Mexico and had worked at Omni for six years, his eldest son, Salvador Lara Jr., 30, said in a telephone interview. The victim is survived by wife, Carlota, a daughter and another son. A funeral service was held June 12 in Cypress, Calif.
After a midmorning argument, Marsden retrieved a gun from his car and wounded Lawana Bryant, 33, an administrative assistant who was sitting at a computer terminal, police said. Bryant considered Marsden to be a friend, Sweet said. ``They would share lunch on occasion.''
Next, Marsden killed Wardak, a quality assurance engineer who was standing nearby and died at the scene. Then, police said the gunman wounded Michael Gann, 30, a regional business manager for American MSI Corp.; Daniel St. George, 40, an Omni quality engineering manager with whom Gann was meeting; James Lauerman, 57, an Omni quality assurance engineer; and Lara, an Omni toolroom supervisor. Lara died several hours later at a hospital.
As of June 11, Bryant and Lauerman were hospitalized in serious condition, and St. George was in fair condition.
Gann was on a sales call for Moorpark, Calif.-based American MSI, a supplier of hot-runner controls and melt-delivery systems to the plastics industry.
``I hope to make it to NPE for a day or two,'' Gann said June 10 by telephone from Whittier Memorial Hospital in Whittier, Calif., shortly before he was sent home.
A surgeon removed a bullet from Gann's right hip in a June 9 operation. Damage to his side and hip has affected his ability to walk, and Gann said he will need physical therapy.
With at least 15 bullet casings littering an office, conference room and warehouse, Marsden drove from the scene. About an hour later and 12 miles away, he threatened two women at a phone booth. Despite entreaties from them, he fatally shot himself in the head. He was 38.
Marsden, who joined Omni in August, had a court record for disturbing the peace and driving while intoxicated. He had worked in Costa Mesa, Calif., at the former Cimco Inc. facility until it was sold in June 1996.
Founded in 1980, Omni employs 150 and operates 25 injection presses.
The company has established the Omni Plastics Victims Fund. Donations can be sent to 9834 Jordan Circle, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., 90670-3303.