The suspect also appears to have rammed a vehicle into the building, dispatchers said, and the vehicle set on fire. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. At least two people were treated and released, he said.
Authorities have neutralized an armed suspect, who crashed his vehicle into a Walmart distribution center near Red Bluff, California and opened fire at the employees, killing and injuring multiple people. Six people were at local area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to moderate, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said. It wasn't know if he had a relationship to the shooter.
The distribution center had a full shift, with hundreds of employees at the time of the shooting, authorities said. "But that was not recent - it's been a while, it's been a year and a half".
The victim was Walmart employee Martin Haro-Lozano.
Hendrickson said that St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, part of Dignity Health, received a total of six patients from the Walmart Distribution Center. According to KHSL TV, a fire started at the site with there being about 200 workers inside the facility. As the SUV caught fire, he exited holding a semiautomatic rifle and began shooting randomly into the building, the sheriff's department said.
The suspect has a history with the workplace, Johnston said.
"I would estimate 20 to 30 rounds exchanged", Johnston said.
One or both of the officers shot Lane, and by 3:38 p.m., he was disabled by his injuries, the sheriff's department said. Authorities said the alleged gunman's condition is unknown, but a witness described him to a Corning Observer reporter as a "white man with black hair, wearing a green and gray T-shirt and black shorts".
Dispatchers told the Record Searchlight that at least one woman had been shot.
Red Bluff is a city of about 14,000 people about 131 miles (210 kilometres) north of Sacramento, California.
A Walmart spokesman told CNN that the firm is aware of the incident and is working with local law enforcement officials. "I just know it was a lot".
Fellow employee, Franklin Lister, 51, told the New York Times he had just started work when a coworker ran down the hallway shouting: 'Active gunfire!
The suspect was shot in the chest about 3:45 p.m., dispatchers told the newspaper.
"This is an active police investigation and we will continue to work with Tehama County Sheriff's Office and assist in their investigation in any way possible", it added.