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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 17:12

Three Dead in Shooting at Ford Dealership in Morgan Hill, CA

Written by Jason Green and Dylan Bouscher, Bay Area News Group
People stand near the Ford dealership as police investigate a shooting at the dealership in Morgan Hill, CA, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. People stand near the Ford dealership as police investigate a shooting at the dealership in Morgan Hill, CA, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group

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Three people are dead following an apparent workplace shooting at a Ford dealership in Morgan Hill, CA, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

All three people who died worked at The Ford Store Morgan Hill at 17045 Condit Road.

 

“Someone from the dealership was fired today, came back and apparently just shot the two managers who obviously would’ve fired him,” said 20-year-old Morgan Hill resident Jordan Valdez, a service porter at the dealership, in an interview near the scene.

 

Valdez was standing just outside the service department when the shooting occurred.

 

“One of the service advisers had opened up the door to go back inside the shop,” said Valdez, still dressed in his dark blue work uniform. “He turned around, looked at us and he said, ‘run, there’s a shooter.'”

 

Valdez said he ran from the dealership and sought cover at a nearby mushroom farm.

 

Morgan Hill police received multiple 911 calls about a shooting at the dealership about 6:03 p.m., said Sgt. Bill Norman. Officers armed with rifles arrived at the scene minutes later.

 

Officers were directed to the north end of the dealership, where they found a man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Norman said the man had a firearm in his hand.

 

While clearing the scene, officers learned of two additional men inside the dealership with gunshot wounds. Described as victims, both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In a news release, police said there was no threat to public safety. Additional details about the shooting, including confirmation it was workplace-related, were not immediately available on Tuesday.

 

Valdez expressed shock at the shooting. The suspect, he said, didn’t start fights and “just kind of minded his own business.”

 

“We were all friendly inside the dealership,” Valdez said. “Nobody really hated each other, which is why I’m really surprised this happened. I didn’t see anything like this coming.”

 

Cameryn Gillis, 21, of Morgan Hill, was at home when her mother called to tell her she had seen squad cars driving toward the dealership, where her father works as a manager. About an hour later, the family learned through Nextdoor, a social network, that there had been a shooting. They couldn’t reach her father, but her mother eventually talked to the owner of the dealership, who confirmed he was safe.


 

Gillis rushed to the scene, desperate to find her father and see for herself that he was OK.

 

“I think my dad saw it all happen,” she said.

 

Like Valdez, Gillis said it was her understanding that an ex-employee had returned and “injured two others.”

 

“This should never have happened,” Gillis said. “There should be laws, methods in place to prevent people who aren’t of sound mind from getting weapons that can injure others.”

 

We thank The Mercury News for reprint permission.