Mass Shooting Reported at Fresno Food Service Company
A gunman opened fire Tuesday morning at a food service plant in Fresno.
From the Fresno Bee:
One person is dead and three are in critical condition, including the gunman, after a workplace shooting Tuesday morning in central Fresno.
Gunfire broke out about 8:27 a.m. at Valley Protein, formerly known as Apple Valley Farms, a poultry processing plant on Hedges Avenue just east of Blackstone Avenue.
Police have identified the shooter as Lawrence Jones, 42, of Fresno, a discharged parolee with an extensive criminal history. He shot himself outside the plant and was described as being in grave condition at Community Regional Medical Center.
The Fresno Bee created this Google Map showing the location of the shooting:
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Update at 12:55 p.m from the Fresno Bee:
Three people have died in the shootings Tuesday morning at a central Fresno meat processing plant, including the gunman, according to the Fresno County Coroner.
The gunman, Lawrence Jones, 42, died at the emergency room of Community Regional Medical Center. One wounded victim also died in the operating room, the coroner reported.
A third victim died at the scene.
Coroner’s officials have not identified the victims. Officials say they are still notifying families.
Here is the Associated Press report:
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — One person died and four others, including a suspected gunman, were wounded Tuesday when he opened fire at a food service company in Fresno, Calif., police said.
The suspect, a parolee who worked at the firm and was identified as Lawrence Jones, shot himself in the head outside the building and was in critical condition, police said.
Two of the wounded victims were in critical condition and the other was in serious condition.
The shooting occurred at the Apple Valley Farms plant in the central part of the city.
Apple Valley Farms Inc. is a food service equipment company that was established in 2005, according to online business records. A call to the company went to a voicemail recording that said “due to an emergency we are closed for the day.”
Police received calls from employees at the site around 8:27 a.m. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said officers found the suspect with a gunshot wound to the head and a 32-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the back outside the business.
Inside, they found three other victims.
The Huffington Post is reporting “at least eight” people shot, two fatally, a toll of casualties that conflicts with the other reports.