POLICE: Former employee drives vehicle into Fresno business, injures 3 workers


FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man who was fired from a fabric store in north Fresno injured three employees after driving his car through the business Friday morning, according to the Fresno Police Department. 

Around 9:15 a.m., police responded to a call regarding a vehicle that had gone into a business on North Blackstone and San Jose avenues.

Officers say the 38-year-old suspect intentionally drove his car into Authorized Vac and Sew after he was fired from the store earlier Friday morning.

“This was an intentional act. This was not a collision traffic accident,” said Fresno Police Sgt. Steve Presser. “He was upset from being fired from the business earlier in the day and drove his vehicle into the business to cause some harm.”

A witness said the man was driving more than 40 miles per hour.

“He was pedal to the metal from the street straight through the doors,” said Chris Knowles, a sales associate at a nearby store. “Like all gas no brakes.”

In a video taken moments after the crash, the suspect can be heard apparently saying, “Yeah, I did that. I just killed somebody apparently. I got nothing, and they fired me!”

Police said 12 to 13 people were inside the building at the time of the crash and three employees were injured. One of them was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

According to Fresno Police officers, the suspect was arrested on scene and now faces an assault with a deadly weapon charge.

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