THE PERSON police suspect of killing someone in a California Tesla factory on Monday has been charged with murder after police found he apparently had worked with the victim just hours before the shooting.
Anthony Solima, 29, of Milpitas, has been charged with one count of murder and another count of possession of an assault weapon after his arraignment on Thursday.
Solima, who is in Santa Rita County Jail without bail, was hit with several enhancements on top of the charges, including lying in wait, intentional discharge of a firearm causing death, and personal use of a firearm.
This comes after it was revealed on Tuesday that he allegedly waited for the victim after work.
Fremont Police revealed that the victim in Monday's fatal shooting would have just finished a shift would Solima hours earlier if the two did not get into an argument, causing Solima to leave early.
According to a statement from police, "the victim and had just finished a shift at the Tesla manufacturing factory before being shot in the parking lot as he left."
During the course of their investigation, authorities found that the victim and Solima "had been arguing earlier in the day, and that the suspect had suddenly walked off the job."
The Fremont Fire Department responded to a report from Tesla about a person down in the parking lot at around 3:26 pm.
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Medical assistance was provided to the subject before they were pronounced dead.
Homicide investigators went to the scene and have taken over the investigation and found .223 rifle casings nearby.
Fremont Police released a statement about the shooting on Monday. It read: "On December 13, 2021 at approximately 3:26 p.m., Fremont Fire Department personnel responded to Tesla on a report of a subject down in the parking lot.
"Firefighters provided medical aid and pronounced the subject deceased. Fremont Police Homicide Investigators are on scene and have taken over the investigation."
Late Monday night, police tracked down the Solima and issued both an arrest and search warrant for him and his car.
Detectives then surveilled Solima's car before arresting him in Milpitas, where he immediately surrendered.
Police found a "loaded, non-serialized, .223 caliber, short-barrel rifle was in the suspect’s vehicle, along with an expended casing."
Fremont Police say they've officially ruled the death as a homicide and are continuing as such with the investigation.
It’s unclear at this time if any Tesla employees were hurt or involved in the incident.
The Tesla factory in Fremont is the company’s only US vehicle assembly plant today. More than 10,000 employees work there according to Tesla’s website.
The electric car company took ownership of the factory in 2010 and the plant currently manufactures the Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y.
Other previous incidents at the plant involved an accident in November 2013 when a low-pressure aluminum casting press failed and spilled molten metal on three workers, causing their clothing to catch fire.
Tesla was fined $89,000 by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health for several safety violations.
On April 1, 2019, a settlement by the company was reached with the United States Environmental Protection Agency over the alleged mishandling of hazardous waste in 2017.
The EPA claims that Tesla allowed hazardous waste to accumulate on-site without a permit beyond 90 days.
Two 55-gallon containers of hazardous waste were left open, violating air emission standards.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has yet to make a statement on the incident.
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