Two dead after shooting at Walmart distribution centre in northern California

Clay Curtis
June 29, 2020

Authorities have neutralized an armed suspect, who crashed his vehicle into a Walmart distribution center near Red Bluff, California and opened fire at the employees, killing and injuring multiple people.

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 auto and began randomly firing his weapon at those inside.

The ordeal was over in less than 45 minutes after officers shot the suspect, according to radio communications.

Hundreds of employees were working inside at the time, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters Saturday night, but a lot of them were not near the lobby area.

The suspect was described as being in a white vehicle that had wedged into the building, the Sacramento Bee reported.

A employee inside the facility, Scott Thammakhanty, told the Record Searchlight that the gunfire "went on and on - I don't even know how many times he fired".

Dispatchers received multiple calls Saturday afternoon from the distribution center reporting an active shooter and multiple shots fired.

"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 semi-automatic long gun", Record Searchlight wrote.

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"I went to help a lady that was kind of trapped at the beginning and at that point, I started hearing gunfire and then, went down to the office and there was more gunfire. I just know it was a lot".

There also was a fire at the distribution centre, authorities said.

He told the newspaper that he didn't know the shooter's identity but that he looked familiar. Authorities said there were about 200 employees on shift during the shooting, but they locked themselves in a room, according to KHSL.

Vince Krick told the Redding Record Searchlight he was waiting outside because his wife and son work at the facility.

"It was real insane, 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. "We don't have any additional information to share at this time", Walmart spokesman Scott Pope told CNN.

Red Bluff is located about 130 miles north of Sacramento, the state capital.

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