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Shooting Reported at Walmart Distribution Centre in Red Bluff, California Two shot dead and four injured at a Walmart distribution center after man opens fire
Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 11:26

A lone gunman entered a Walmart distribution center in Northern California, killing one person and injuring six others with a semi-automatic rifle before police officers killed him, authorities said. Authorities shot the man.

According to officals, the shooting occurred on Saturday, June 27 around 3:30 p.m. when 31-year-old Louis Lane drove into the Walmart Distribution Center lobby with his vehicle and began randomly firing his weapon at those inside. A man drove the vehicle into the front of the building before police say he opened fire on workers.

The suspect had been shot in the chest around 3:45 p.m.

The distribution center had a full shift, with hundreds of employees at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

Scott Thammakhanty, an employee at the facility's receiving centre, said he heard the shooter fire from the rifle. His relationship to the shooter was not immediately known. "I just know it was a lot".

Lane allegedly circled the parking lot four times in a white SUV and then crashed his vehicle into the lobby of the building.

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

The incident began just after 3 p.m. when deputies were notified of an active shooter situation at the 1.1-million-square-foot facility, which had about 200 workers inside at the time, some of whom locked themselves in store rooms as shots rang out.

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Walmart released a statement sharing their thoughts and condolences to those affected by the shooting at their Red Bluff distribution center Saturday.

Lister told the newspaper he had seen blood dripping from his colleague's arm.

Vince Krick told the Record-Searchlight that his wife and son work at the facility and he was on his way to pick up his wife when he saw the flames.

"It was real insane, because, you know, you can't do nothing", Krick said.

Witnesses told the Red Bluff Daily News one of the victims was a woman who was shot as she tried to flee the building.

A Walmart spokesman told CNN that the firm is aware of the incident and is working with local law enforcement officials.

"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 north of Sacramento, California.