Details Emerge in Star Workplace Shooting

The name of the remaining unidentified victim and more details from Friday’s shooting at McBride Lumber Company in Star have been released.

At a press conference at 10:00 a.m. today, Montgomery County Sheriff Dempsey Owens identified the victim as 34-year-old Eusebio Diaz Gomez of Asheboro. His name had been withheld previously as authorities sought out his family for notification.

Also killed in the shooting just after 6 a.m. Friday were 25-year-old Jose Galdino Lopez Izquierdo of Asheboro and 32-year-old Daniel Thomas Davis, a cousin of the shooter, 50-year-old Ronald Dean Davis of Ether.

Sheriff Owens said that Ronald Davis went directly to the four victims and shot them point blank with a shotgun. Owens did say that the shootings may have been more random than initially thought, as Davis is believed to have fired at other co-workers as they tried to flee. The Sheriff said the victims had each been shot twice, and a total of 11 shotgun shells were found at the scene.

Shortly after the shooting, authorities found Ronald Davis with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home on Telegraph Ln., a dead-end road not far from the post office in Ether, and only about a mile from the lumber company. Davis had shot himself with a semi-automatic pistol, and he died Saturday at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Sheriff Owens said today that a six-page letter left by Davis hinted at his own paranoia and saying he felt he was being “punished or picked at” by co-workers. Owens also said the letter revealed that Davis thought when his Hispanic co-workers were talking in Spanish and laughing, that it was directed towards him.

According to Owens, the letter also revealed that Davis had believed that someone had been putting something into his food. Owens said there was no medical evidence to support that claim.

The sole survivor of the shooting, 21-year-old Florentino Tellez Aparicio of Candor, continues to receive medical treatment at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

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