A man who had just been fired from a Ford dealership in Northern California returned with a gun and shot and killed two managers who had dismissed him and then killed himself, police said Wednesday.

Steven Leet, 60, of San Jose was fired less than two hours before he took a gun from his car Wednesday evening, went into the Ford Store parts department office and shot to death his boss, Xavier Souto, 38, of San Jose, at point-blank range, police said.

Souto’s boss, Brian Light, 59, of San Jose, then tried to disarm Leet and was shot several times during the struggle, Police Chief David Swing said.

Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Police say at least three people were shot including the suspect in what may be a workplace confrontation. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

“Brian’s actions allowed people … the precious seconds they needed to flee after hearing the first shot,” the chief said.

Leet, an eight-year employee whom co-workers described as quiet and who kept to himself, was fired at about 4:15 p.m. The shooting was reported shortly after 6 p.m.

Swing said Leet had left the building and sat in his car for about 20 minutes before returning to hang around his work station. Leet was finally escorted to a back office where he talked with Souto and Light before pulling the gun, police said.

Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Police say at least three people were shot in what may be a workplace confrontation. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019.(AP Photo/Nic Coury)

The fired man refused to leave the premises, Doug MacGlashan, who was hired for the day to train employees on new software, told KPIX-TV.

“About 10, 15 minutes later, gunshots,” he said. “It’s just scarier than hell.”

After the killings, Leet went outside and killed himself, police said. Investigators found two guns at the scene.

Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Police say at least three people were shot including the suspect in what may be a workplace confrontation. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

Jordan Valdez, a service worker at the dealership, told the East Bay Times that he was standing outside the service department when the shooting happened.

“One of the service advisers had opened up the door to go back inside the shop,” Valdez said. “He turned around, looked at us and he said, ‘Run, there’s a shooter.'”

Valdez said he took cover at a nearby mushroom farm.

Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Police say the shooting has killed at least two people in what may be a workplace confrontation. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at the Morgan Hill Ford Store in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Police say the shooting has killed at least two people in what may be a workplace confrontation. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

“Nobody really hated each other, which is why I’m really surprised this happened,” Valdez said. “I didn’t see anything like this coming.”

Souto was parts manager at the business, where he had worked since 2012. He is survived by a wife and two sons.

Light, the parts and service director, worked there since 2018.

Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Bill Norman walks down Condit Avenue near a Ford dealership in Morgan Hill, Calif., after a fatal shooting Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Bill Norman walks down Condit Avenue near a Ford dealership in Morgan Hill, Calif., after a fatal shooting Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

On Wednesday, a SWAT team using a battering ram and flash grenades entered Leet’s home to search it but “found no other evidence of pre-planning or motive or anything else that would lead us to why this incident occurred,” Swing said. “It appears that is was the spontaneous action.”

Law enforcement officers stand outside a building at a Ford dealership after a fatal shooting Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Morgan Hill, Calif. A man who had just been fired from the dealership shot and killed two employees and then killed himself, police and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
Law enforcement officers stand outside a building at a Ford dealership after a fatal shooting Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Morgan Hill, Calif. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
A Ford dealership stands after sunset in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019.  A man who had just been fired from the dealership shot and killed two employees and then killed himself, police and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
A Ford dealership stands after sunset in Morgan Hill, Calif., Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
This undated photo released Wednesday, June 26, 2019, by the Morgan Hill Police Department shows Brian Light. A man who had just been fired from a Ford dealership in Northern California returned with a gun and shot and killed his boss Light and another manager and then killed himself, police said Wednesday. (Morgan Hill Police Department via AP)
This undated photo released Wednesday, June 26, 2019, by the Morgan Hill Police Department shows Brian Light. (Morgan Hill Police Department via AP)
In this undated photo released Wednesday, June 26, 2019, by the Morgan Hill Police Department is Steven Leet. A man who had just been fired from a Ford dealership in Northern California returned with a gun and shot and killed two managers who had dismissed him and then killed himself, police said Wednesday. Steven Leet, 60, of San Jose was fired less than two hours before he took a gun from his car Wednesday evening, went into the Ford Store parts department office and shot to death his boss, Xavier Souto, 38, of San Jose, at point-blank range, police said. (Morgan Hill Police Department via Bay Area News Group and AP)
In this undated photo released Wednesday, June 26, 2019, by the Morgan Hill Police Department is Steven Leet. (Morgan Hill Police Department via Bay Area News Group and AP)
A man who had just been fired from a Northern California Ford dealership shot and killed two employees and then killed himself Tuesday evening, police and witnesses said. (June 26)
A man who had just been fired from a Northern California Ford dealership shot and killed two employees and then killed himself Tuesday evening, police and witnesses said. (June 26)

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