Two Killed in Fresno County Workplace Shooting

September 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sheriff's detectives say Jim Badasci shot and killed his co-worker, then turned the gun on himself. That shooting happened Tuesday morning at a business south of Fresno, near Bagley and Malaga Avenues.Fresno County Deputies say Jim Badasci showed up for work in his uniform, armed with a shotgun, and another stash of bullets in his car.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said, "He had on a vest described to me as a hunting vest where you can keep extra ammunition so he came ready to fire several times."

Sheriff Mims says around 9:00 a.m. the occasional hunter focused the crosshairs of his shotgun on a co-worker at Fresno Equipment Company and killed him.

"We don't know if it was a personal dispute or a dispute that had to do with the business. We just don't know that," said Sheriff Mims.

About two dozen employees ran for cover, some jumped a fence to get away from Badasci, who then used his shotgun to take his own life.

Next door at Peterbilt, employee Scott Hobson heard about the shooting and turned the company's surveillance cameras on deputies swarming the building. Hobson, a former officer himself, says protecting yourself at work can be impossible.

Hobson said, "You tend to think sometimes that you can keep yourself and your family safe but when you go to your place of employment there's other individuals you're working with that may have other problems and they may bring their problems to work."

Doug Southard never thought he'd see a work place shooting in this remote Fresno County industrial park.

Southard said, "You'd hope it wouldn't happen in your place and you think you're immune to it we all do the best we can do but there's a lot of pressure out there on people with their jobs now. We all see our friends and family out of work."

No word yet on whether the business will re-open Wednesday.

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Fresno Equipment Company Statement Regarding Tuesday's incident

Fresno Equipment Company and its family wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the families who lost their loved ones in this tragic shooting earlier today.

Words cannot express the deep sense of loss we feel.

The company is working to assist both families in every way possible. Fresno Equipment is also working closely with all of its employees who are affected by today's incident.

Thank you.
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