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One Dead, One Injured in Workplace Fatal Shooting in Royal City

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Ibarra-Valencia was booked on first degree murder and first degree attempted murder charges. Ibarra-Valencia was booked on first degree murder and first degree attempted murder charges.

ROYAL CITY, WA- Workplace violence is what deputies are calling a crime scene after one person shot two others Friday morning in Royal City. One of those victims is dead, and the other is in critical condition.

Neighbors in the community are shaken after the loss of a man, they say, got involved to prevent others from being hurt. Rosemary Lopez lives next door to the shooting scene, "He is going to be missed, he is going to be missed by a lot of friends and family." Lopez told NBC Right Now about 49-year-old Joel Rodriguez who lost his life, "the noise (shooting) was really kind of light, because it was inside the building."

55-year-old Augustin Verduzco Sanchez of Soap Lake was also injured in the shooting. Police believe 30-year-old Eduardo Ibarra-Valencia of Royal City is responsible.

"To me it is just kind of shocking because I just talked to him yesterday," Lopez said about Rodriguez. 

Lopez said the Royal City community is quiet, but she heard some type of argument had been brewing between workers who were recently fired from the Callahan Manufacturing company, "it is unbelievable."

Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones say they assisted in the investigative effort shortly after Royal City police found Rodriguez dead inside the welding facility. Jones said Ibarra-Valencia did try to drive away from the scene but was arrested about a mile away from the company.

"Well, those two guys were having a little argument between each other for a while and it has just progressed more," claims Lopez.
   
Ibarra-Valencia was booked on first degree murder and first degree attempted murder charges. NBC Right Now reached out to the Callahan's for a statement on the shooting, but did not hear back from them on Thursday.

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