RED BLUFF, Calif (AP) – Two people were killed and at least four people were in reasonable condition at a hospital on Saturday after a man entered a distribution center and started shooting people.
The two people who were dead and the four injured were taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, spokeswoman Allison Hendrickson told The Associated Press. She declined to give more details.
Red Bluff police officers shot the suspected shooter, the KHSL TV station reported. His confession is unknown, the station said.
The shooting by the man with an “AR-type weapon” began at 3:30 PM in the Walmart distribution center south of Red Bluff, emergency services told Record-Searchlight newspaper.
There was also a fire on the site, and the suspect appears to have rammed a vehicle into the building, reporters said. There were about 200 workers in the facility, some of whom locked themselves in a room, center employees told the KHSL TV station.
The suspect was described as inside a white vehicle sandwiched inside the building, the Sacramento Bee reported. The shooter was in the middle of the parking lot, the coordinators said.
The suspect had been shot in the chest at around 3:45 pm, coordinators told the newspaper.
Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility’s reception center, said he heard the shooter fire from a semi-automatic weapon.
“It went on – I don’t even know how many times he shot,” said Thammakhanty. “I just know it was a lot.”
Thammakhanty and others started running for their lives, and he saw people lying on the floor as he went, he said.
Thammakhanty told the newspaper that he did not know his identity.
Fellow employee Franklin Lister, 51, told the New York Times that he had just started working when a colleague ran down the hall and shouted, “Active gunfire! Active shooter! ‘
Vince Krick told the Record-Searchlight that his wife and son work at the facility. They were not injured, but Krick was waiting at the distribution center to be reunited with them.
“It was really crazy because you know you can’t do anything,” said Krick.
Krick was on his way to pick up his wife when he saw the flames, he said. His wife texted that she was fine, but told him not to come to the main entrance, the newspaper reported.
Coordinators told Record-Searchlight that at least one woman had been shot. A man also reported that his leg had been run over when the shooter rammed a vehicle into the store, but the man was unsure if he had been shot, coordinators said.
Walmart spokesperson Scott Pope told the Record-Searchlight that the company is “aware of the situation” and is working with law enforcement.
“We don’t have any additional information to share at this time,” Pope said.
Red Bluff is a city of approximately 14,000 residents, some 210 kilometers north of Sacramento, California.
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