RED BLUFF, Calif (AP) — a person who rolled into a Walmart shipping hub in Northern California, and went on killing violence that left him, and another man lifeless and four others wounded fired from his job at the center last year, authorities said.
Louis Wesley Lane, 31, was fired from the distribution center near Red Bluff in February 2019 after failing to point out up for work, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told a press conference early Sunday.
The violence started Saturday afternoon when a person with a semi-automatic rifle circled the parking zone fourfold before crashing into the lobby of the building.
Lane began shooting randomly into the building, and within the parking zone area, where he engaged with Red Bluff cops who were first to urge to the scene, the office of sheriff said.
Johnston said they exchanged 20 to 30 rounds before the police shot him.
The worker who perished was Martin Haro-Lozano, 45, of Orland, California. He was taken to the hospital by a sheriff’s deputy thanks to the extent of his injuries, but later died, Johnston said. His relationship with the shooter wasn’t immediately known.
Haro-Lozano was a 12-year employee who had family and friends working within the same facility, consistent with John Furner, president, and CEO of Walmart U.S.
“We are shocked and heartbroken about the horrific event that occurred,” he said during a statement.
The shooting victims were taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital and their injuries were not life-threatening, Johnston said.
Another victim was struck by the shooter’s car as he drove into the building and treated at the hospital, he said.
Investigators have not determined a motive within the shooting, aside from his prior employment at the center, Johnston said.
Some of the 200 workers inside the power locked themselves in room employees told KHSL-TV.
Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the receiving center of the power, told the Redding Record-Searchlight that he heard the shooter fired.
“It went on and on — I do not even skill repeatedly he fired,” Thammakhanty said. “I just realize it was tons.”
Thammakhanty et al. started running for his or her lives, and he saw people lying on the bottom as he ran, he said.
Fellow employee Franklin Lister told The NY Times he had just started work when a coworker spent the hallway shouting: “Active gunfire! Active shooter!”
Vince Krick told the Record-Searchlight that his wife and son work on the power and he was on his thanks to devouring his wife when he saw the flames. Neither was hurt, but his wife told him to not come to the front door, the newspaper reported.
“It was crazy, because, you know, you will do nothing,” Krick said.
Dispatchers told the Record-Searchlight that a minimum of one woman shot. A person had also reported his leg run over when the shooter rammed a vehicle into the building, but the person was not sure if he shot, dispatchers said.