A man who was fired from his job on Wednesday returned to his office outside Houston and killed a former co-worker before taking his own life, police said.
Authorities had been called to an office in the vicinity of Katy, Tex., after receiving reports of an active shooter at a facility near multiple school buildings. When they went inside the building, police say they found one person had been fatally shot.
The gunman, who has not been identified, “was terminated earlier this morning,” Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters during a briefing Wednesday morning.
Hickman said police believe the man went home, retrieved a gun and returned for the shooting, which he called a “retaliatory act.”
The sheriff’s office said that a shotgun and pistol were used in the shooting and that the gunman fired at multiple employees of the facility.
When deputies entered the offices of Knight Transportation, a company that operates tractors and trailers across the country, they found one employee had been killed. A short distance away, they said, they found the shooter’s body.
In addition to the employee who was killed, another suffered a minor injury to his face that was not believed to be a gunshot wound. A second employee was also wounded, the sheriff’s office said, though they did not elaborate on the nature of that injury.
A sheriff’s deputy was also injured during the law enforcement response after landing hard on his knee, and he was taken to a hospital for treatment.
While Hickman said police had no immediate information about how long the man had worked at Knight or anything on his background, he said that “probably being terminated would make him disgruntled.”
There are schools located in the vicinity of Knight’s offices, and those were locked down as police investigated the shooting as part of the county’s active shooter protocol, Hickman said.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office was called shortly before 8:45 a.m. about gunshots fired at the facility. The business where the shooting was reported is about 25 miles west of downtown Houston.
Knight Transportation has numerous locations across the country, including three in Texas. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
This story has been updated. First published: 10:47 a.m.