A woman opened fire on her co-workers during an overnight shift at a food warehouse in Texas early Monday, killing one person and injuring another.
Authorities said the suspect also died after getting into a shootout with a responding officer, but it was not immediately clear if she was killed by a police bullet or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police just confirmed the shooter is dead - was hit above the chest. Police say there was for sure an exchange of gunfire with officers and the suspect but there is a chance she shot herself. #khou11 #HtownRush— Janel Forte (@JanelKHOU) August 20, 2018
Update 2:05 p.m. EDT Aug. 20: Authorities have identified the person killed Monday morning in a workplace shooting at the Ben E. Keith Foods facility in Missouri City as overnight manager Francisco Reyes, KPRC-TV reported.
The suspected shooter was identified as Kristine Peralez, according to the news station. A third person suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.
#UPDATE: Police say the shooter who opened fire at @BenEKeithFoods in Missouri City was Kristine Peralez. Manager Francisco Reyes died. Fredencio Janas was shot in the leg and recovering. @KPRC2 #kprc2 pic.twitter.com/qxgU7UIQgg— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) August 20, 2018
Authorities are investigating social media posts Peralez made before Monday's shooting, Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezin said Monday at a news conference. The Dallas Morning News reported they were also looking into comments she made to colleagues before the attack.
"I think (she) actually may have spelled that out for us," Missouri City police Capt. Paul Poulton told the Morning News.
Update 9:20 a.m. EDT Aug. 20: Authorities told KTRK the woman suspected of opening fire at the Ben E. Keith Foods facility in Missouri City was an employee who starting shooting just before 2:30 a.m. Monday in the facility's warehouse. At the time, between 20 and 25 people were working in the warehouse, Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezin said Monday at a news conference.
Berezin said the shooting took place during an overnight shift. Two employees were shot, one fatally, according to KTRK. The surviving victim suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, the news station reported.
Berezin declined to identify the victims or suspect in the case or confirm reports from KTRK and KHOU that the slain victim was an overnight manager at the facility.
An officer confronted the shooter outside the warehouse Monday morning and fired at least one shot at the woman, but it was not immediately clear if the bullet hit her.
“Whether or not the shooter was actually hit by one of the officer's bullets or whether it was self-inflicted, we don't know at this point,” Berezin said.
The officer was not injured.
“The officer is doing very well right now, considering the circumstances,” Berezin said.
Authorities continue to investigate.
Original report: According to KHOU, police said a woman fired shots before 3 a.m. CDT at the Ben E. Keith Foods facility in Missouri City, killing one person at the scene. Another person was injured and is being treated at a nearby hospital.
KHOU reported that the shooter "suffered a gunshot wound when she was confronted by police outside the facility," authorities said. Officers didn't know whether she was hurt while exchanging gunfire with police or if she shot herself. She was taken to the hospital, where she died, police said.
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