Man, Co-Worker Hurt in Shooting at Offices

Aman distraught about not being allowed to visit his son went to the offices of Litton Guidance and Control Inc. on Friday and shot his former girlfriend’s current companion, Los Angeles police said.

Another employee also was injured by the ricocheting bullet, police said.

Carlo Zepida, 54, of Van Nuys, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at the Canoga Park firm and held without bail, said Detective Stan Miller. Injured slightly were Joseph Cici, 24, of Thousand Oaks, and Elizabeth Vasquez, 52, of Simi Valley.

Miller said Zepida was angry about not being allowed to visit his 10-year-old son. Zepida confronted Cici at about 11:15 a.m. in an office and fired one shot from a .44-caliber handgun. He then was apprehended by other employees and Litton security personnel.

Miller said Vasquez had nothing to do with the situation and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.


The bullet struck Cici behind the right ear, but caused little damage, said a spokeswoman at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where both victims were treated and released.

The bullet bounced off Cici and shot through a wall where Vasquez was standing at a copying machine, Miller said. Vasquez was cut by either the bullet or flying debris, he added.