(Reuters) - A man who had been fired from a Houston-area trucking firm on Wednesday returned to the company and fatally shot a co-worker with a shotgun before taking his own life, the Harris County sheriff said.
The gunman was heard shouting "y'all ruined my life" before he started shooting, television station KHOU reported, quoting law enforcement officials. He walked past at least person in the office before he opened fire, it said.
Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters at the scene of the shooting at Knight Transportation, that the co-worker who was killed appeared to be a supervisor. He did not release the names of those killed.
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'Y'all ruined my life,' says Texas man, killing co-worker, self
Officers respond to reports of a deadly shooting at the Knight Transportation office in Katy, Texas, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Authorities said a recently fired employee opened fire at the transportation company. (KPRC Houston via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this frame from video, officers respond to reports of a deadly shooting at the Knight Transportation office in Katy, Texas, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Authorities said a recently fired employee opened fire at the transportation company. (KPRC Houston via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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BREAKING: At least two killed in Houston-area shooting - report
Location of the workplace shooting west of Houston on Franz Road in the Katy area. #khou #Hounews https://t.co/PcxRP14WJC
Suspect is believed to have taken own life after being terminated early this morning. #HouNews
From @AP: Sheriff: Fired worker opens fire at Texas transportation company, killing 1 worker, injuring another before killing self.
It's reported at least two people have been killed and several others wounded in a shooting in Houston in Texas. @UCBMedia
@ABC Wtf, did the employee have a gun in the car or something?
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Workplace shooting near Houston, or as it's known in Texas, "Wednesday".
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"The suspect is believed to have taken his own life after being terminated early this morning," the sheriff's office said on its Twitter feed. It added that the suspect, armed with a shotgun and a pistol, fired at multiple employees.
"Only the shotgun was used," Hickman said, adding that the shooting was "a retaliatory act."
One other person was injured in the incident after being hit in the face with what appeared to be a "projectile," possibly a shotgun shell, Hickman said.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office would not comment on the reports.
Dozens of patrol cars, a SWAT team, as well as several ambulances were dispatched to the business located in Katy, about 30 miles west of Houston. A nearby school was temporarily locked down.