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Dinwiddie double shooting kills one

DINWIDDIE, VA (WWBT) - New information tonight about that double shooting at the Dinwiddie Wal-mart Distribution Center. Police have identified the gunman as 33-year-old Melvin Taylor Junior from Petersburg. He killed himself after shooting his manager.  

Gone is the yellow tape that surrounded this center earlier today. People are back to work. But the memories and scars are still fresh. 

Workers were coming and going out of the Dinwiddie Wal-mart Distribution Center Wednesday evening. This as we learned more about the scary moments for hundreds here earlier in the afternoon, including Brian Price who saw it all go down.  

"All of the entrances were blocked. All of the roadways were blocked. It was just chaos," he said. 

Dinwiddie police tell us the shooter is 33-year-old Melvin Taylor Junior of Petersburg. He worked at this center since 2003. Police say he came back from lunch and shot his manager in the leg.  

We also have learned Taylor was right at this front entrance doorway when he shot back at two Dinwiddie deputies. Then police say he shot himself in the chest, once. No officers fired back.  

"They said they didn't have time," Sheriff Duck Adams. 

While this was all going on, fourth grader Samantha Broaddus was in class at nearby Sutherland Elementary when the principal made an announcement.   

"She said we are all in a lockdown. Please don't come out of your classroom until we give you the signal to come out," Samantha said. 

That happened nearly an hour and a half later. And kids left for the day without being harmed.  

But just a football field away, police still were working to figure out what led to this deadly shooting.  

"We are trying to piece things together but right now, we have no motive," Adams stated. 

And investigators admit tonight, they may never know why this really happened.  

The shooter Taylor died at Southside Regional. At last check, the victim is still there tonight. But she is expected to be okay. Police are also looking to see if there was any relationship between the two. 

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