Star lumber yard shooting victims identified


Ronald Dean Davis, 50

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.C. — Authorities on Sunday released the names of all but one of four people shot by a coworker Friday at a lumber yard in Star.

Jose Galdino Lopez Izquierdo, 25, of Asheboro, and Daniel Thomas Davis, 32, of Star, were both fatally shot at the McBride Lumber Company, located at 618 McBride Lumber Road, around 6 a.m., according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

Daniel Davis was the gunman’s cousin, deputies said.

Ronald Dean Davis, 50, of Ether, is suspected of fatally shooting three people total and wounding a fourth.  He was found shortly afterward with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his small cabin on Telegraph Lane, located about a mile away.

He was airlifted to UNC Chapel Hill Hospital, but died on Saturday.

The fourth victim who survived the shooting, 21-year-old Florentino Tellez Aparicio of Candor, is currently in stable condition at the hospital in Chapel Hill.

The third victim killed in the shooting has not been identified because authorities have not been able to contact family members.

More information is expected to be released at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

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There were 16 people working at the business at the time of the shooting. Davis went directly to the four victims and shot them point blank, said Montgomery County Sheriff Dempsey Owens.

A six-page handwritten note was found on a table at Davis’ home. Owens said the note is “very vague and rambles a lot.”

“I don’t know what would just send a man off the edge to go and do such a heinous act,” Owens said.

Jeff Latham supervised Davis for years at McBride, but he got to work 15 minutes late on Friday. As it turned out, that was just minutes after the shooting took place.

Latham told FOX8 off-camera that Davis was constantly paranoid and felt other employees often made fun of him. Davis specifically mentioned Hispanic workers, who would socialize in Spanish around him, Latham said.

Latham said he did not expect a shooting but added it didn’t come as a complete surprise, either.

Donald Covington, Davis’ neighbor, said Davis was a quiet man who loved to hike and hunt deer, and he never talked about work or any problems he may have had.

“It makes you wonder what happened when somebody does that. You don’t know anybody. Anybody can do this,” Covington said.

Owens said it appears Davis used a shotgun at McBride and a semi-automatic pistol to shoot himself. It is believed Davis owned both guns, Owens said.

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