After confronting his wife on the third floor of the Aramark building
Monday afternoon, Stephen Kopy, 64, allegedly moved on to a rear office,
where he shot and killed Andrew Camarata, 63, of La Crescenta. Police
said Kopy believed Camarata and his wife, Martha, 61, were having an
affair, though she told them the two were merely friends.
"We have no evidence they were having an affair," Police Sgt. Frank
Camarata was vice president of operations and support for Aramark
Uniform Services and had worked in Burbank since August 1997, according
to a statement from company officials. His wife died last year, police
Camarata was taken from the scene by paramedics and died at 4:43 p.m.
at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, police said.
Camarata lived on a six-house cul-de-sac where neighbors regularly
gathered for block parties. Next-door neighbor Kathy McGowan, who knew
the Camaratas since they moved into the neighborhood three years ago,
said he was not the type to have an affair.
"That other woman (Martha Kopy) was just a family friend," said
McGowan, who has been caring for Camarata's two dogs since his death. "I
think her husband was delusional, a nut case."
Kopy entered the lobby of Aramark Uniform Services at 115 N. First
Street -- two blocks from Police Headquarters -- at 3:38 p.m. Monday,
armed with a semiautomatic handgun, police said. Authorities were unsure
how Kopy managed to get on to the third floor, which is only accessible
with an entry card.
Once he was on the third floor, Kopy confronted his wife, Police Capt.
Gordon Bowers said. When she fled, Kopy went into the office where he
allegedly shot Camarata. There are 15 offices lining the third floor
walls, with about 30 workstations in the center.
Two calls were made to police, one when Kopy entered the main lobby
and another when he walked onto the third floor brandishing a gun.
Officers arrived one minute after the initial call came in and heard
the last shot as they entered the third floor, Bowers said.
Camarata was shot at least three times, officials said, once in the
head and twice in the torso.
"All the shots that were fired hit the victim," Bowers said.
Kopy did not resist officers who arrested him, Bowers said.
Aramark was open Tuesday. Employees leaving the Aramark building
Police said Kopy and his wife are still married and were living
together until the shooting, although she reportedly had filed for
divorce. Her husband had not been served with divorce papers, officials
said. The Kopys have two children.
Aramark Uniform Services sells, rents and cleans uniforms for other
companies, including American Airlines, California Pizza Kitchen and
Ryder Truck Rental. The corporation also offers services from catering to
janitorial work, job training and facilities management.
The shooting was the first homicide of the year in Burbank.
ALEXA CAPELOTO contributed to this story.