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Gunman identified as former employee

  • Deputies and firefighters stand outside the Red Bluff Walmart distribution center after a man reportedly opened fire there and rammed his vehicle into the building, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Red Bluff, Calif. (Damon Arthur/The Record Searchlight via AP) Damon Arthur

  • People wait behind police tape after a shooting at the Red Bluff Walmart distribution center, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Red Bluff, Calif. (Damon Arthur/The Record Searchlight via AP) Damon Arthur

  • Law enforcement vehicles are seen at the Red Bluff Walmart distribution center after a shooting, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Red Bluff, Calif. (Damon Arthur/The Record Searchlight via AP) Damon Arthur

  • Police tape blocks off a parking lot outside the Red Bluff (Calif.) Walmart Distribution Center where at least two people were killed, including a shooting suspect and an employee, and four were injured, on Saturday. The Record Searchlight — Mike Chapman

  • Lt. Yvette Borden and Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, of the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, talk before holding a news conference, Saturday, June 27, 2020, outside the Red Bluff Walmart Distribution Center where at least two people were killed, including the shooting suspect and an employee, and four were injured, in Red Bluff, Calif. (Mike Chapman/The Record Searchlight via AP) Mike Chapman

Associated Press
Published: 6/28/2020 4:58:08 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. — A man who drove into a Walmart distribution center in Northern California and went on a shooting rampage that left him and another man dead, and four others wounded, was fired from his job at the center last year, authorities said.

Louis Wesley Lane, 31, was let go from the distribution center near Red Bluff in February 2019 after failing to show up for work, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said during a news conference Sunday.

The violence started Saturday afternoon when a man with a semi-automatic rifle circled the parking lot four times before crashing into the building and opening fire.

After the shooting, Lane engaged with Red Bluff police officers in the parking lot, where they exchanged 20 to 30 rounds, Johnston said.

He was shot by police and pronounced dead at a hospital.

The employee who died was Martin Haro-Lozano, 45, of Orland, Calif.

He was taken to the hospital by a sheriff’s deputy due to the extent of his injuries, but later died, Johnston said.

His relationship to the shooter was not immediately known.

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 was being treated at the hospital, he said.

Investigators have not determined a motive in the shooting, other than his prior employment at the center, Johnston said.

Some of the 200 workers inside the facility locked themselves in a room , employees told KHSL-TV.

Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility’s receiving center, told the Redding Record-Searchlight that he heard the shooter fire.

“It went on and on — I don’t even know how many times he fired,” Thammakhanty said. “I just know it was a lot.”

Thammakhanty and others started running for their lives, and he saw people lying on the ground as he ran, he said.




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