STAR, N.C. (AP) -- Three people were killed and two injured, including the gunman, after a shooting at a lumber company by a man witnesses said was an employee.
Sheriff Dempsey Owens says four people were shot early Friday in the McBride Lumber Co. just north of Star. Owens says three people were killed, and one was flown to a hospital.
He says the gunman shot himself at his home and was taken to a hospital.
Authorities haven't released the names of the victims.
Owens says the shooter left a note, but he didn't give details of the content. He said witnesses reported the gunman was a disgruntled employee.
A person who answered the phone at the business said they had no comment.
But one of the company's founder's, Dorothy McBride, said she was shocked.
"Oh, my God, I can't believe it," she said. "I just can't talk about it right now. I have to find out more."
A family owned business, the company makes pallets and treated wood for furniture and other products.