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Sacked worker targets Texas transport company, killing former colleague

Published 04/05/2016

Video grab of the scene at the Knight Transportation office in Katy, Texas (KPRC Houston via AP)
Video grab of the scene at the Knight Transportation office in Katy, Texas (KPRC Houston via AP)

A sacked worker has opened fire at a Texas transport business, killing one employee and injuring two others, before fatally shooting himself.

Police confirmed the gunman had been fired from his job at Knight Transportation in Katy, about 20 miles west of Houston, two weeks ago. He has not yet been named.

A sheriff's deputy sustained a knee injury while entering the offices and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Several local schools went on lockdown amid reports of gunfire.

The man was armed with a shotgun and a pistol when he arrived at the Knight Transportation office, according to Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman.

The sheriff said the man "parked right outside the building and came straight in".

The man said something to the effect of "you all ruined my life" as he walked through the building, the sheriff's spokesman Ralph Gonzales said.

The gunman fatally shot one man, who was found dead at the scene by responding officers.

Two other workers were injured by shrapnel or other debris from the gunfire, and both were treated at the scene, Mr Gonzales added.

"Ultimately the suspect took his own life," Mr Hickman said.

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