UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: Authorities now say two more people have died after being shot at a California chicken processing plant, bringing the death toll to three.
Fresno County Coroner David Hadden said Tuesday the suspected gunman was among the additional two deaths. Police have identified him as 42-year-old Lawrence Jones.
PREVIOUSLY: A parolee opened fire Tuesday morning at Apple Valley Farms Inc., in Fresno, killing one person and wounding three before shooting himself in the head, police said.
Lawrence Jones, 42, arrived at work just before 5 a.m. and about three-and-a-half hours into his shift, he pulled out a handgun and began firing, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said. Police believe Jones' gunshot wound was self-inflicted. He was in extremely critical condition.
Fellow employees told police that Jones – who has an extensive criminal history dating back into the 1990s – did not appear to be himself when he arrived for work.
"It is difficult to say at this point if in fact there was a specific target that Jones was looking for," 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 had Jones' home on lockdown and were searching to see if there were any other victims.
About 30 employees witnessed the shooting, and there were a total of 62 people at work when the gunfire started.
Officers found Jones with a gunshot wound to the head and a 32-year-old woman bleeding from a wound to her lower back outside the business. She was in stable condition, Dyer said.
Inside, a 32-year-old man was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head; another 28-year-old man was shot in the neck and was in critical condition, and a 44-year-old man was also in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.
Apple Valley Farms Inc. is a food service equipment company that was established in 2005, according to online business records. A call to the company went to a voicemail recording that said: "due to an emergency we are closed for the day."