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Fresno Shooting

November 7, 2012 by  

Fresno Shooting, Clattering machinery at a chicken-processing plant provided all the cover Lawrence Jones needed to kill two co-workers execution style and wound two others Tuesday, police said.

Armed with a handgun, the 42-year-old ex-convict moved methodically from victim to victim, placing his handgun against their head or neck and then pulling the trigger, authorities said.

The unsuspecting victims worked just feet apart in the deboning room and the grinding room at Valley Protein, but they wore ear protectors and the gunshots were drowned out by the machinery.

Jones tried to fire at a fifth person, police said, but ran out of bullets.

Following the shootings, Jones walked out of the building and unloaded the empty casings. He then reloaded, placed the gun against his head and fired. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a few hours later.

Jones’ motive was unknown, but it was clear he had targeted his victims, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said. About 30 employees were working at the plant during the shooting.

“He had opportunity to shoot other co-workers that were in the business at this time, but he chose not to,” Dyer said. “He walked around them in order to get very close to the intended targets, place the gun very close and fire a round.”

Some workers told police Jones did not appear to be himself when he arrived for his shift.

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