Gun­man at­tacks Wal­mart fa­cil­ity, killing at least 2

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - NATION -

RED BLUFF, Tehama County — At least two peo­ple were killed and four oth­ers were in­jured Satur­day when a gun­man drove into a dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter and opened fire.

The vic­tims were treated at St. El­iz­a­beth Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal in Red Bluff, where they were in fair con­di­tion, spokes­woman Al­li­son Hen­drick­son said. She de­clined to pro­vide more de­tails.

The shoot­ing by a man with “AR­type weapon” started about 3:30 p.m. at a Wal­mart dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter south of Red Bluff, emer­gency dis­patch­ers told the Red­ding Record­Search­light news­pa­per.

There also was a fire at the site, and the gun­man ap­pears to have rammed a ve­hi­cle into the build­ing, dis­patch­ers said. There were about 200 work­ers in­side the fa­cil­ity, some of whom locked them­selves in a room, em­ploy­ees at the cen­ter told KHSL­TV.

The sus­pect was de­scribed as be­ing in a white ve­hi­cle that had wedged into the build­ing, the Sacra­mento Bee re­ported. The sus­pect was shot in the chest by about 3:45 p.m. and taken to a hos­pi­tal.

Scott Tham­makhanty, an em­ployee at the fa­cil­ity’s re­ceiv­ing cen­ter, said he heard the gun­man fire from a semi­au­to­matic weapon.

“It went on and on — I don’t even know how many times he fired,” Tham­makhanty said. “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 fled.

Fel­low em­ployee Franklin Lis­ter, 51, told the New York Times he had just started work when a co­worker ran down the hall­way shout­ing: “Ac­tive gun­fire! Ac­tive shooter!”

Lis­ter said he saw blood drip­ping from his col­league’s arm. “That’s when I re­al­ized it wasn’t a drill,” he said.

Lis­ter and his team ran out the near­est fire exit. As they were run­ning, he said, they heard 50 to 60 gun­shots.

“To hear that much gun­fire, it was fran­tic,” said Lis­ter, who un­loads de­liv­er­ies that are then repack­aged and shipped to Wal­mart stores. “Peo­ple were run­ning as fast as they could move.”

Dis­patch­ers told the RecordSear­ch­light that one of the shoot­ing vic­tims was a woman. A man re­ported his leg get­ting run over when the shooter rammed the ve­hi­cle into the store.

Wal­mart spokesman Scott Pope told the Record­Search­light that the com­pany is “aware of the sit­u­a­tion” and work­ing with law en­force­ment.

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