An employee opened fire at a Fresno chicken processing plant on Tuesday morning, killing one person and wounding three others before shooting himself in the head, police said.
The suspect, identified as Lawrence Jones, 42, was in critical condition at an area hospital, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. Jones, who Dyer said worked at the Apple Valley Farms plant for 14 months, was described as a "discharged parolee" with an "extensive criminal history that dates way back" into the 1990s.
Jones clocked in to work shortly before 5 a.m. and at about 8:30 "pulled out a handgun and began opening fire" near a cold storage section of the building, Dyer said. Police went to the central Fresno plant after several employees called 911.
There, officers found the four victims. A 32-year-old woman was found outside the building, with a gunshot wound in the lower back. Inside, officers found a 34-year-old man who had been shot in the head, a 28-year-old man who had been shot in the neck and a 32-year-old man, also shot in the head.