Man shoots his four coworkers at poultry plant

Lawrence Jones 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

(Scroll down for video) A man opened fired on his coworkers, killing at least two at a poultry plant, according to police reports.

Lawrence Jones did not seem quite himself on Tuesday morning, a coworker later told the police.

He started his shift with the others in the chicken packing plant in downtown Fresno at 5:00 a.m. They often work until 5:00 p.m., grateful, many said, for overtime pay.

Around 8:20 a.m., just minutes before a meal break, Jones, 42, pulled a .357 Derringer pistol and started killing. Authorities said he walked over to his victims, killing them execution-style.

"He walked around to be very close to the targets, placed the gun very close and shot a round," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

By the time he emptied his gun with four shots, two people died and two were injured. Jones, a career criminal who had been discharged from parole this summer, ran out of the building. He reloaded his gun and fatally shot himself in the head.

The packaging plant, Protein Valley, formerly known as Apple Valley Farm, is right next to Blackstone Avenue, a busy thoroughfare through this city of about 500,000 inhabitants, in a dense area of auto repair shops, laundromats and restaurants.