[UPDATE 9:40 a.m.] Man Shoots Himself and Fellow Employee in Rio Dell
Scanner traffic at about 7 a.m. indicates a man shot a fellow employee and then himself in Rio Dell at the Caltrans building. Law enforcement and other emergency personnel are responding as quickly as possible.
UPDATE 7:31 a.m.: This is a paraphrase of dispatch speaking to officers on scene, ‘I have an employee who was on scene at time and went down to the river. He wants to make sure that it is okay if he reenters the workplace…he’s not able to come around the front. Is it alright if he comes up on the back.?’
UPDATE 7:32 a.m.: One ambulance crew reports working on a man with gunshot wound to the head.
UPDATE 7:43 a.m.: A second ambulance has been requested for the 1300 block of Eeloa Avenue for a person with back pain.
UPDATE 8:09 a.m.: According to our local District 1 Caltrans public spokesperson Phil Frisbie, “That facility [in Rio Dell] is a District 4 facility. People working there are most likely to be District 4 employees.” We’ve contacted a spokesperson for Caltrans District 4 and they have promised to get back to us with more information.
Update 9:40 a.m.: From Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty: “News of this tragedy shocks and saddens everyone at Caltrans. Our thoughts naturally are with the families. The exact details are under investigation and Caltrans is cooperating with law enforcement.”
UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: Press release from CHP here: Workplace Shooting at Rio Dell Caltrans Facility: Two Dead