RED BLUFF (CBS SF / AP) – The gunman who crashed his SUV into a Walmart distribution and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle in a deadly shooting was identified as Louis Lane, who had been fired by the company in 2019 after not Report to your work shift, according to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators on Sunday revealed Lane’s identity. He was wounded in an exchange of fire with Red Bluff police officers in the downtown parking lot on Saturday afternoon and then died at a local hospital of his injuries.
The deputies said six shooting victims were transported to local area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to moderate.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found Martin Haro-Lozano, 45, of Orland, with life-threatening injuries, and immediately placed him in his vehicle and transported him to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately, he died of his injuries. Haro-Lozano was a Walmart employee, but it wasn’t immediately known if he knew Lane.
“Based on evidence at the scene, video surveillance and witness statements, investigators determined that Lane acted alone,” the sheriff’s department said in the press release.
Investigators also said the Walmart shooting was determined “to be unrelated to the murder investigation currently under investigation by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office in Shingletown.”
Images from the scene revealed the intensity of the shooting between Lane and the police officers. Numerous vehicles were hit by gunshots and evidence markers littered the parking lot.
In a statement Saturday night, Walmart said: “We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. Our focus is to support our associates as well as their families and co-workers at the facility. This is an active police investigation and we will continue working with the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office and we will assist in their investigation in any way possible. ”
The 31-year-old lane shooting started around 3:30 pm at the Walmart distribution center south of Red Bluff.
Tehama County Sheriff Phil Johnston said at a news conference that Lane circled the parking lot four times before crashing into the building and opening fire.
The victims of the shooting were taken to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, spokeswoman Allison Hendrickson told The Associated Press. She confirmed that four were hospitalized, but declined to provide further details.
Some of the 200 workers inside the facility locked themselves in a room.
Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility’s reception center, told the Redding Record-Searchlight that he heard the shooter shoot from the rifle.
“It went on and on, I don’t even know how many times he fired,” said Thammakhanty. “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 advanced, he said.
Fellow employee Franklin Lister told the New York Times that he had just started work when a co-worker ran down the hall yelling, “Active shooting! Active shooter!
Vince Krick told the Record-Searchlight that his wife and son work on the premises and that he was on his way to pick up his wife when he saw the flames. Neither man was injured, but his wife told him not to go to the main entrance, the newspaper reported.
“It was really crazy, because, you know, you can’t do anything,” said Krick.
Dispatchers told the Record-Searchlight that at least one woman had been shot. A man also reported that his leg was run over when the shooter crashed a vehicle into the building, but the man was not sure if he had been shot, dispatchers said.
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