Fresno Plant Death Toll Rises to 3

A parolee who worked at a California food service company opened fire at the business on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding three others, before shooting himself, police said.

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    One person died and four others, including a suspected gunman, were wounded Tuesday when he opened fire at a food service company in Fresno, Calif., police said. The suspect, a parolee who worked at the firm and was identified as Lawrence Jones, shot himself in the head outside the building and was in critical condition, police said. (Published Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012)

    A parolee who worked at a Fresno chicken processing plant opened fire during his shift Tuesday. In the end, he killed two co-workers and wounded two others before taking his own life.

    Fresno police said they received several calls from inside the plant at 8:30 a.m. to say that a lone gunman was in the plant shooting people.

    Police identify the gunman as a plant employee. They say Lawrence Jones, 42 and on parole, shot four people inside the plant before walking outside and shooting himself in the head.

    Jones has worked at the plant for the last 14 months. Co-workers said he clocked in normally at 5 a.m., but did not seem himself.  Witnesses said he pulled out a gun and started shooting three and a half hours into his shift.

    Police said they did not know what motivated the shooting.

    "It is difficult to say at this point if in fact there was a specific target that Jones was looking for,'' Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. "There was something that must have provoked this incident, perhaps that occurred today, or maybe was building up to today.''
     
    Police said they found Jones with a gunshot wound to the head just outside the plant. They also found a 32-year-old woman bleeding from a wound to her lower back outside the business. She was in stable condition, Dyer said.
     
    Three other victims were found inside the facility. One was pronounced dead at the scene. Jones and another victim were pronounced dead later.

    Jones has an extensive criminal history dating back into the 1990s, Dyer said.
     
    Apple Valley Farms Inc. is a food service equipment company that was established in 2005, according to online business records.