Two Dead at TX Food Plant after Coworker Shoots Manager

22 Aug, 2018 Liz Carey


Missouri City, TX ( – A manager at a Texas distribution plant is dead after a coworker opened fire on him during the late shift, authorities said.

Police said Kristine Peralez, 38, a two-year employee of Ben E Keith distribution plant, shot late-night manager Francisco Reyes around 2:30 a.m. on Monday before turning her gun on another coworker, Fedencio Janas. Reyes was killed at the scene. Janas was treated at Southwest Memorial Hospital for a bullet wound to the leg. 

About 20 overnight shift employees were in the plant at the time, authorities said, because of the time. Ben E. Keith Food Distribution Center is the eighth-largest food service distributor and the fourth largest beverage distributor in the country.

A spokesman for Ben E. Keith said the company would not comment past a statement it had made to the media. 

"This has been a tragic situation," the company said in a statement Monday afternoon. "Our thoughts are with the families of all involved. We are currently working with officials to provide any information useful to their active investigation."

Police called to the scene opened fire on Peralez. Peralez, according to the Associated Press, was shot during a gun battle in the parking lot and taken to the Memorial Hermann Hospital where she later died of a gunshot wound to the upper body. It was not clear whether she was shot by police or shot herself.

Police said they are searching for a motive for the shooting. Prior to the shooting, Peralez streamed her last words to her family on Facebook, blaming an unknown person for the shooting.

“This is your fault,” Perelez said, according to footage obtained by KPRC-TV. “I’m sorry for everything. I didn’t want it to end like this.”

Police said they are still investigating the incident.

Authorities said this is the first workplace shooting incident in the city just 15 miles southwest of Houston.


  • AI arizona artificial intelligence case law case management claims communication compensability compliance conferences courts covid do you know the rule dr. claire muselman exclusivity florida FMLA glossary check Healthcare heat how the court ruled iowa judge david langham leadership medical medicare missouri NCCI new jersey new york ohio opioids osha Safety telehealth texas violence WDYT west virginia what do you think workers' comp 101 workers' recovery workers' compensation contact information Workplace Safety Workplace Violence

  • Read Also

    About The Author

    • Liz Carey

      Liz Carey has worked as a writer, reporter and editor for nearly 25 years. First, as an investigative reporter for Gannett and later as the Vice President of a local Chamber of Commerce, Carey has covered everything from local government to the statehouse to the aerospace industry. Her work as a reporter, as well as her work in the community, have led her to become an advocate for the working poor, as well as the small business owner.

    Read More

    Request a Demo

    To request a free demo of one of our products, please fill in this form. Our sales team will get back to you shortly.