RED BLUFF, California (AP) – A man entered a distribution center in Northern California and started shooting people, killing one employee and injuring four others before killing the police, authorities said.
The shooting by a 31-year-old man with a semiautomatic rifle began at about 3:30 PM Saturday at the Walmart distribution center south of Red Bluff, a city of approximately 14,000 people, some 131 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California.
Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said at a news conference that the shooter circled the parking lot four times before crashing into the building and opening fire with the rifle. Red Bluff police officers shot the suspect, KHSL-TV reported.
The late employee was Martin Haro-Lozano, 45, from Orland, California, Johnston said.
Officials have not identified the shooter, but Johnston said he has a history with the Red Bluff workplace.
The victims of the shooting were taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, spokeswoman Allison Hendrickson told The Associated Press. She confirmed that four were hospitalized, but declined to provide more details.
Some of the 200 workers in the facility were locked in a room, KHSL-TV employees said.
The suspect was shot in the chest at around 3:45 PM, coordinators told the newspaper.
Scott Thammakhanty, a staff member of the facility reception center, told the Redding Record-Searchlight that he heard the rifle shoot from the rifle.
“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.
Fellow employee Franklin Lister told the New York Times that he had just started working when a colleague ran down the hall: “Active gunfire! Active shooter! ‘
Vince Krick told the Record-Searchlight that his wife and son are working in the facility and that he was on his way to pick up his wife when he saw the flames. Neither was injured, but his wife told him not to come to the main entrance, the newspaper reported.
“It was really crazy because you know you can’t do anything,” said Krick.
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 building, but the man was unsure whether he had been shot, the reporters said.
Walmart spokesperson Scott Pope told the Record-Searchlight that the company was “aware of the situation” and partnered with law enforcement officers.
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