Two dead, four injured in California shooting

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LOS ANGELES, /Xinhua/

At least two people were killed, including the suspect, and four others injured Saturday afternoon in a shooting at a Walmart distribution center in Red Bluff, a city in Tehama County in California, according to local media.

The suspect, a 31-year-old man, was a previous employee of the Walmart distribution center as of 12-18 months ago, Lt. Yvette Borden from the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department was quoted by the Daily News, a newspaper in the city, as saying.

The victim was identified as Martin Haro-Lozano, the Daily News reported.

The shooting happened at the Walmart distribution center right when a new group of workers started their shift. There was also a fire at the location, and the suspect appeared to have rammed a vehicle into the building, reported the Record Searchlight, a local news outlet in the nearby city of Redding.

Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the deputies have determined that the shooter circled the parking lot four times before crashing into the building and opening fire with a semiautomatic long gun. Police engaged in gunfire with the suspect shortly after, and he was shot by police and taken to a local hospital, according to the Record Searchlight.

Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility’s receiving center who unloads trucks, told the news outlet that he and others started running for their lives after he heard gunshots and saw people lying on the ground.

Officials at the St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff told local news outlets that the four injured patients were in fair condition.

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