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The Latest: Police: Shooter used forklift to block doorway

November 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a food distribution warehouse that critically injured three people (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Authorities say the suspect in a workplace shooting that injured three people used a forklift to block one of the doorways at the New Mexico food distribution warehouse where the shooting took place.

Albuquerque Police Chief Mike Geier said at a news conference Tuesday that it appeared 30-year-old Waid Anthony Melton had some issues with his employers and that investigators also were hearing about possible mental health concerns.

The chief said he could not speculate about a motive.

Melton fled after Monday night’s shooting but authorities were able to make contact with him on his cell phone. Police say Melton was on the phone with a negotiator when he shot and killed himself in a remote location north of Albuquerque hours later.

The shooting happened on Melton’s day off.

Two of the men who were shot at the Ben E. Keith warehouse remained in critical condition Tuesday. The other was in stable condition. Their identities weren’t released.

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10:10 a.m.

The condition of one of three people injured in a shooting at a food distribution warehouse in New Mexico’s most populous city has been upgraded.

Officials at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque said Tuesday that two other patients remain in critical condition.

Authorities are planning to provide more details about the shooting at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Police identified 30-year-old Waid Anthony Melton, an employee at the warehouse, as the suspect. Melton was found dead near his vehicle on the northern outskirts of metro Albuquerque after he fled.

Police said the cause of Melton’s death was under investigation and that no motive for Monday evening’s shooting at the Ben E. Keith warehouse was immediately known.

Police have said there were about 20 people in the warehouse when shots were fired right before a shift change.

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6:56 a.m.

Albuquerque police say the suspect in the shooting of three people at a food distribution warehouse in New Mexico’s most populous city has been found dead.

Police said early Tuesday morning that 30-year-old Waid Anthony Melton was an employee at the business and that he was found dead near his vehicle on the northern outskirts of metro Albuquerque.

Police earlier identified Melton as the suspect in the Monday night shooting that left three people injured, including at least one hospitalized in critical condition. Their identities weren’t released.

Police said the cause of Melton’s death was under investigation and that no motive for the shooting at the Ben E. Keith warehouse was immediately known.

Melton’s body was found near an Interstate 25 interchange in Placitas in Sandoval County.

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