Walmart distribution center shooting: Worker and gunman killed, 4 wounded.
Tehama County sheriff’s officials early Sunday morning said the Red Bluff Walmart Distribution Center shooting suspect, who was killed in a gunfight with police, was fired from the center last year.
The suspect, Louis Lane, 31, of Redding was fired from the distribution center in February 2019 because he did not show up for work, sheriff’s officials said.
Lane showed up at the distribution center at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and crashed his sport-utility vehicle into the employee entrance to the building, officials said. After the SUV caught fire, Lane got out and opened fire inside the building.
Red Bluff police were the first to arrive and in the parking lot of the center they exchanged gunfire with Lane, who was shooting a semi-automatic rifle, officials said. The second officer on the scene seriously wounded Lane. He was taken to hospital where he died, officials said.
Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said the rifle’s magazine was illegal in California because it held more than 10 rounds.
Two are dead, including the suspect, and four are hurt after a shooting at the Red Bluff Walmart distribution center, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saturday. The victim killed — an employee at the facility — has been identified as Martin Haro-Lozano, 45, of Orland.
Allison Hendrickson, a spokeswoman for Dignity Health North State, said four patients were in fair condition at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff and two had died. She wasn’t immediately sure whether there were other victims at another hospital.
Little on the investigation has come out so far, but Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said deputies have determined the shooter circled the parking lot four times before crashing into the building and opening fire with a semiautomatic long gun.
At least one person was struck by the suspect’s car, Johnston said. He said the shooter was able to enter the facility, where he shot at random. Johnston couldn’t provide details on when and where during the attack people were injured.
The shooter’s multi-round magazine held more than 10 rounds, making it illegal in California, Johnston said.
There also was a fire at the location, and the suspect appears to have rammed a vehicle into the building, officials said. Johnston could not say whether the fire started from the crash or if it was intentionally lit.
Johnston said later in the evening that the suspect and one victim, an employee, were dead. The suspect, a 31-year-old who still hasn’t been identified, also has a history with the workplace, Johnston said. He added that it has been about a year and a half since then. The motive still hasn’t been determined, he said.
Red Bluff police engaged in gunfire with the suspect shortly after, and he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound, Johnston said.
“I would estimate 20 to 30 rounds exchanged,” he said, noting that there were so many bullets fired the investigators did not yet have an accurate count.
Chief Kyle Sanders said the officers fired after the suspect first fired at them “multiple times.” The two officers who fired the shots are on paid administrative leave pending a routine investigation into the shooting of the suspect, Sanders said.
Meanwhile, officials initially said they hadn’t figured out whether the shooting is related to one earlier in the day in Shingletown, but Johnston later said they were separate incidents. Shasta County Sheriff’s officials have not responded to multiple requests for information about the Shingletown incident, and California Highway Patrol spokespeople referred all questions about it to the sheriff.
Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility’s receiving center who unloads trucks, said he heard the shooter fire from what he judged to be a semi-automatic weapon.