Reports coming in from the US inform that there has been a mass shooting at the premises of the Apple Valley Farms plant in Fresno, Calif., and at least two people have been killed.
The police have confirmed that eight others have been injured in the shooting at the food-service equipment company in central California. The shooting erupted around 8:30 this morning.
Dozens of Fresno law-enforcement officers are at the scene of the crime. Initial reports based on sources’ accounts suggest the gunman shot himself after committing the crime.
The Associated Press reports the mass shooting occurred when a worker at the Apple Valley Farms plant, located in an industrial area in the central part of the city, opened fire. The suspect has been identified as Lawrence Jones, who later shot himself in the head outside the building.
Jones has been taken to hospital and is in critical condition. Reportedly at least two others who were shot are critical injured. The motive for this act has not yet been ascertained.
Dan Lynch, Fresno County's emergency medical services director, told Viral News that four injured persons have been hospitalized. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the gunman committed suicide shortly after the mass shooting. A news briefing is expected shortly.
Online business records state that Apple Valley Farms, Inc. is a food-service equipment company set up in 2005. Reportedly, a call to the company office went to a voicemail recording that stated: "Due to an emergency, we are closed for the day.”
Sources: NDTV/Huffington Post
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