911 calls show aftermath of workplace shooting

Four employees shot at McBride Lumber Company Warehouse in Star, North Carolina Jan. 13.

January 17, 2012 8:03:41 PM PST
Authorities have released dramatic firsthand accounts from workers at a Montgomery County lumber yard as a fellow employee gunned down coworkers.

Frantic calls for help flooded the Montgomery County 911 center Friday when officials say 50-year-old Ronald Davis, armed with a 12-gauge shotgun, killed three coworkers and critically wounded a fourth at the McBride lumber yard in Star.

Caller: "Help, I need somebody."

Caller: "Please hurry, it's getting worse."

Dispatcher: "They are coming. They are coming."

Deputies later found Davis at home with a gunshot wound to the head. He died Saturday.

Sheriff Dempsey Owens said Davis left a six page letter.

"The note did mention some of the problems he had with some employees," said Owens. "He felt certain people, they would be in a group, they would start laughing, and he would turn around and think they was laughing at him due to the language barrier between English and Spanish."

The lumber yard's owner and other employees told deputies they were unaware of any language barrier problems, but one worker told a different story to dispatchers.

Caller: "He had a vendetta against a lot of people at the shop. He said they were evil and the boss tried talking with him two or three times since I've been working with him."

Deputies found the bodies of three workers near the front entrance of a lumber yard warehouse.

The sheriff said the three men killed were all shot twice, the last time at almost point blank range. He also said there's no clear cut motive for the workplace violence.

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