SEAL BEACH -- Pam Serdutz paced nervously outside the Salon Meritage early Thursday morning, desperate to know whether her favorite stylist was among the victims.
"I can't stand it, not knowing whether Gordon survived or not," she said, trying not to cry at the scene of Wednesday's shooting rampage in Seal Beach that left eight dead and one critically injured.
She was referring to Gordon Gallego, who she said had cut her hair for years.
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"I called his home phone, but his message machine is full," Serdutz said. "I just knew something happened to him."
Playing back memories of the laid-back rhythms of life in the salon on Pacific Coast Highway, she said, "Gordon was a world traveler and a camper, and he threw great parties for the other stylists and always invited clients to join them. He was 6 feet tall, good-looking and warmhearted.