Fight Between Employees Led to Workplace Shooting That Killed Couple, Their Unborn Child

A 35-year-old man with an extensive criminal record was charged Tuesday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a couple dating, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, after an argument broke out where they worked, the Associated Press reported.

Anthony Reese Jr., of Moorhead, Minnesota, is charged with killing 43-year-old Richard Pittman, 32-year-old April Carbone and her unborn child after an argument Wednesday at a factory in Fargo, North Dakota.

Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski said the incident happened around 2:10 p.m. in the 400 block of 27th Street North near Composite America and Melet Plastics, WDAY Radio Now reported.

Factory workers told police that Pittman and Carbone were dating and that she was expecting a baby girl whom they planned to name Layla.

Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting an active shooter at the factory Wednesday afternoon and discovered the two victims. Carbone died at the scene and Pittman was later declared dead at a hospital.

Authorities said Pittman, Reese and another employee, Pourdeye Kegbeh, had been in an argument on the factory floor prior to the shooting. Management ordered Reese to leave, but he returned shortly after and confronted Pittman, Kegbeh said.

Kegbeh told police that Reese pulled out a handgun and shot Pittman numerous times before he turned and fired multiple shots at Carbone.

According to Valley News Live, several sources said Reese was fired Wednesday morning, just hours before he opened fire.

Reese has prior convictions and is registered as a sex offender until 2029. On the North Dakota Sex Offender Registry, Reese's employer is listed as 401 27th Street North, which is the same address as the homicide. The address was last updated on November 8, Valley News Live reported.

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A 35-year-old man with an extensive criminal record was charged Tuesday with three counts of murder in the deaths of a couple dating, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, after an argument broke out where they worked. Matt Rourke/AP Photo

If convicted of murder, Reese faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. His public defender at Thursday's hearing, Eric Thomas, told AP he couldn't comment on the case while it's ongoing.

He made his first court appearance Thursday, when a judge set his bond at $2 million and scheduled a preliminary hearing for December 16.

Police said Reese then drove to the Fargo Police Department and turned himself in. Reese told officers that he had ditched the gun in a residential neighborhood, and investigators later found the 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Detectives also recovered multiple 9mm cartridge casings at the crime scene.

In 2014, Reese was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Benton County, Minnesota. He also has convictions for domestic assault, illegal gun possession, selling and possessing illegal drugs and violating no-contact orders.