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. Cynic

    Too bad one of his coworkers wasn't armed so that he could "open fire" on him.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • plushtoy

      yeah! We should all carry guns to our places of employment and schools to protect ourselves! It will be just like the "wild west" in the 21st century..what a great idea. youre a nimrod, not a cynic!

      November 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*dj

      They never should have put that "kick me" sticker on his back ! I told them it was not a good idea!

      November 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ManTec

      The Nimrods here are those who believe government, the nanny state and police can and will protect them.

      Criminals will always have weapons and be able to kill with them. The rest of us should at least have a fighting chance.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Network

      @plushtoy oh yeah, lets make all guns illegal, then the bad guys won't buy them, cause, you know, its illegal, and you know like, bad guys won't do illegal things

      November 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aceblazin

      How's that gun law working out for ya? Preventing is the key word. Giving access to a dangerous weapon leads to deaths. Whether that person is crazy or not. People with guns kill people. Not people without guns. It is much easier to kill someone if they have the access to it.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Yea,Low wage paying business owners want the slaves to carry guns to work.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimh77

      Now you're talking. Arm everyone like it was in the past. Everyone knew everyone carried, you screw up, you are dead before you could pull the trigger.

      November 7, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. AB 109 Question

    I wonder if he is an AB 109 parolee.

    If he is, the controversy of AB 109 would come to a head.

    November 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mac

    with the holidays coming up and a lot of depressed people due to the cards life has given them, i wouldn't think that this will be the only issue like this

    November 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shane

    very sad, condolences are with the familys involved

    November 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Starting tomorrow..there will be more of those!

    November 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dmr37

    YES! You can't beat a good workplace shooting story. Go NRA!

    November 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Addam

    He berry bad man. Should no shoot other peoples. In China we no let people do that. It berry berry bad.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Network

    Let the anti gun nut jobs begin!!

    November 6, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marianess

      Guns are bad. If he didn't have one he couldn't been shooting peoples. I wished he just had whipped cream. He could have squirted on folks and that wouldn't have been too bad. They might of had to wash their clothes but that would have been ok. That is why canned whipped cream is better than guns.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • truebeliever

      How are guns bad? Every one should be carrying a fully automatic weapon with them wherever they go. Even to the bathroom people should be brandishing their weapons and knives. Think about it. A gun never killed anyone. Only people did. We should all have a nuclear weapon in our backyard. That is what the second amendment says we can have. Every nation in the world should have nukes too. You are AGAINST THE SECOND AMENDMENT if you disagree.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      True believer, I do not agree with you, but I believe in the second amendment...where do I fit in?
      Nor do I take guns and knives with me to visit the loo.
      Nor do I believe everyone should have a nuclear weapon in their back yard...if you disagree, you support poking kittens with sharp sticks.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I sure love kitties. Please don't poke them. They are the best friend a person could ever have.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Centrist Voter.

      If everyone had a gun less people would get shot, right?

      November 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |

    when it the information all comes together people will find out why this happened

    November 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gk9311

    hmmm a slave with a gun...GOING POSTAL AS USUAL

    November 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angela

    This Most be Psychological problem, hw else can one explaine this

    November 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ma & pa

    You want instant news story? Next time you visit the biffy, write and read everything you experience. By the time your'e done reading your reported experiences, the law-persons may have the pertinent facts of This occurrence figured out and recorded for the news media to share with us.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Zwei Stein

    Could have waited to find out who won.

    November 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Silverado

    Jones had an extensive criminal history and Jones had the right to buy guns. Thank you, NRA.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pachyderm

    Hooray for guns! they will keep us safe! if guns keep us safe, why isn't the USA a very safe place? arm the children, make sure you are packing going to the movies!

    November 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
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