RED BLUFF – On June 27, 2020 at about 3:32 pm, the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls of an active shooter at the Walmart Distribution Center in Red Bluff. Deputies and local law enforcement officers from allied agencies began responding to the scene. A Red Bluff Police Department officer was the first to arrive on scene at 3:36 pm, and engaged the suspect, later identified at Louis Lane. Lane, 31, of Redding. According to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, Lane engaged the Red Bluff officer in an exchange of gunfire where numerous shots were exchanged. Moments later, a second Red Bluff police officer arrived on scene and engaged Lane who was still shooting at the first officer on scene. At 3:38, Lane, had been shot was no longer a threat. Lane was medically treated, taken to a local area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
While Lane was being transported, Tehama County Deputies along with the assistance of Red Bluff Police, CALFIRE, CHP (GROUND & AIR UNITS), Corning Police, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Tehama County Probation conducted a systematic search of the scene for additional shooting victims or possible additional suspects.
Based on evidence at the scene, video surveillance and witness statements investigators determined Lane acted alone. Upon further investigation, it was later learned that Lane had driven through the Walmart distribution center parking lot four times prior to crashing his vehicle into the lobby area of the building. Upon impact the vehicle caught on fire, and Lane exited the vehicle with a semi-automatic rifle and began shooting randomly into the building and through the parking lot area. The fire was quickly suppressed.
In the aftermath of the shooting, six people were transported to local area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to moderate. When deputies discovered Martin Haro-Lozano critically injured they placed Mr. Haro-Lozano into their vehicle and transported him to the nearest hospital where he died from his injuries.
Mr. Haro-Lozano was an employee of Walmart. It was learned that Lane had worked at Red Bluff Area Walmart distribution center in February 2019 but had been released from employment due to failing to show for his shift.
· The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the criminal aspect of this case.
· The Tehama County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of investigation is investigating the officer- involved shooting aspect of this case.
· The Department of Justice responded to assist with the crime scene as well as CHP’s MAIT to assist with the accident portion of this investigation.
“Thank you to the law enforcement officers who braved a dangerous and unfolding active shooter call to protect others from being injured or killed,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “A lot unfolds quickly and they are trained to search for victims and potential additional suspects. Our thanks, also to the California Department of Justice criminalists who also responded to the scene to collect and process evidence. I’m sure it was a long weekend for all involved. Our thoughts are also with the victims and their families.”