November 6th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

Deadly workplace shooting in California

Editor's note: An employee of Apple Valley Farms in Fresno, California, opened fire on his co-workers Tuesday, killing two and wounding two others before fatally shooting himself, police said.

[Updated 6:06 p.m.] Police say the gunman and a second victim have died.

[Updated 2:03 p.m.] The business identified by authorities as Apple Valley Farms apparently goes by the name Valley Proteins.  Calling a phone number listed on a website as being for Apple Valley Farms led CNN to a voicemail for Valley Proteins, which said there was an emergency and that the business was closed for the day. Police also mentioned that some of the reports they received about the shooting used the name Valley Proteins.

On its website, Valley Proteins says it develops animal and pet food ingredients.

[Updated 1:35 p.m.] The alleged gunman was found outside with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.  The victim in serious condition was a 32-year-old woman found outside with a gunshot wound in the lower back.

The two victims in critical condition were found inside the business.  One, a 34-year-old man, appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head; the other, a 28-year-old man, had been shot in the neck, police said.

A 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the head was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alleged gunman Lawrence Jones had worked at Apple Valley Farms for 14 months, police said.  According to a co-worker, when Jones came to work this morning "he did not appear to be himself," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.  About 3 1/2 hours later, he pulled out a handgun and opened fire, shooting four people, police said.

Authorities don't know what may have provoked the attack.

As many as 30 workers were inside the business at the time, police said.

Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno told CNN it received four patients from Apple Valley Farms.

[Posted 1:23 p.m.] An employee of Apple Valley Farms in Fresno, California, opened fire on fellow employees Tuesday, killing one and wounding three others before shooting himself, police said.

Two victims are in critical condition; one is in serious condition and expected to survive, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

The alleged gunman, 42-year-old Lawrence Jones, is in critical condition, police said.

Jones has an extensive criminal history, authorities said.

Filed under: California • Justice • U.S.
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Who intervened, the police or a civilian?

    November 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    It doesnt say ANYONE intervened.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Pets don't eat apples.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©


    November 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    OK, I give up. I don't know what word got automatically blocked. Too bad, it was a good story.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Woman in Fresno killed her husband...

    November 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    put his body in a storage drum...

    November 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO ©

    covered him in sulfuric acid...

    November 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Portland tony

    Foster Farm chickens use automatic weapons and are fresh from the farm daily.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO ©

    wasn't dissolving well so she added more...

    November 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    drum too full to put lid back so she cut his feet off...

    November 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    The highlights post bit by bit, but the whole story gets blocked.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And what an uplifing story it is, BOMBO...

      November 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Well, it's true anyway. She ran a lab there. It's a small industry, we all kind of know each other.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      OK, the link got deleted. Fine. Just google Larissa Shuster.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Charla

    is it my imagination or was this poorly reported? There's very little information and what there is sounds a bit unclear. Way to go.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. faye62

    Wow,,,extensive criminal history...? No surprise that he snapped.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      So naturally, someplace called "Apple Valley Farms" was happy to hire him. Yeah, I don't get it.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fernace

    Another person who thinks solving problems w/a gun is OK! Why couldn't he have just shot himself, since he went that way, anyhow!? Why did he have to shoot innocent people!? If a person feels depressed, alone, despondent & disenfranchised, please seek help, don't open fire!!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tesla

      Generally, the mindset of a shooter in this case is less one of "I'm going to kill myself, but first I'll go crazy and shoot others," and more of a "These people deserve to die, and I am the one that will do it." Oftentimes, workers who "go postal" save a bullet for themselves, simply to forego a trial.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
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