A SHOOTER wielding an AR-type weapon reportedly rammed his vehicle into a Walmart building and opened fire today, leaving two dead and four hurt.
Police shot the suspect in the chest after he sprayed bullets at the distribution center in Red Bluff, Tehama County, California, at around 3.30pm.
The shooter rammed his vehicle into a Walmart building and opened fire today, leaving two dead and four hurt[/caption]
The alleged attacker had shot at officers multiple times before he was gunned down, cops say. His current condition is unknown.
The shooter appears to have smashed his vehicle in the building, causing a small fire, before going on a deadly rampage.
Officials confirmed two were killed and four were injured in the carnage.
The wounded have been taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff where they are said to be in fair condition.
The alleged attacker had shot at officers multiple times before he was gunned down, cops say[/caption]
At least one person was hit by a car, KCRA 3’s affiliate Action News Now reported.
Walmart officials released the following statement on the investigation: “We aware of the situation and are working with law enforcement to assist as they investigate. Our immediate focus is supporting our associates in the area.”
There were about 200 workers inside the facility, some of whom locked themselves in a room , employees at the center told the KHSL TV station.
Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility’s receiving center, said he heard the shooter fire from a semi-automatic weapon.
“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 went, he said.
Thammakhanty told the newspaper that he didn’t know his identity.
Fellow employee Franklin Lister, 51, told the New York Times he had just started work when a coworker ran down the hallway shouting: “Active gunfire! Active shooter!”
Vince Krick told the Record-Searchlight that his wife and son work at the facility.
They weren’t hurt, but Krick was waiting at the distribution center to be reunited with them.
“It was real crazy, because, you know, you can’t do nothing,” Krick said.
Krick was on the way to pick up his wife when he saw the flames, he said. His wife texted that she was OK, but told him not to come to the front entrance, the newspaper reported.
Dispatchers told the Record-Searchlight that at least one woman had been shot. A man had also reported his leg getting run over when the shooter rammed a vehicle into the store, but the man wasn’t sure whether he’d been shot, dispatchers said.
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Walmart spokesman Scott Pope told the Record-Searchlight that the company is “aware of the situation” and working with law enforcement.
“We don’t have any additional information to share at this time,” Pope said.
Red Bluff is a city of about 14,000 people about 131 miles (210 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California.