FRESNO, Calif. — Clattering machinery at a chicken-processing plant provided all the cover Lawrence Jones needed to kill two co-workers 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.
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.