Tesla employee, 29, is arrested for murder after arguing with a co-worker then ‘shooting him with a ghost gun at the end of his shift’ outside the firm’s Fremont manufacturing plant
- Anthony Solima, 29, ‘suddenly walked off’ after arguing with colleague Monday
- He armed himself with an untraceable ‘ghost gun’, investigators say
- The unidentified victim was leaving work when he was shot in parking lot
A Tesla employee has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he argued with a co-worker and then allegedly shot him outside the company’s Fremont factory in Northern California.
Anthony Solima, 29, armed himself with an untraceable ‘ghost gun’ after ‘suddenly walking off’ in the middle of his shift on Monday, police said.
He shot his co-worker in the parking lot shortly after the unidentified victim left the factory at the end of his shift, investigators said.
Detectives did not say what had caused the argument between Solima and his colleague.
Solima, of Milpitas, was arrested on a homicide warrant on Monday. He is due to be arraigned on Thursday.
Police and emergency teams outside the Tesla factory in Fremont on Monday afternoon
Firefighters rushed to the parking lot in the 45000 block of Fremont Boulevard 3.26pm.
They found the victim unresponsive with at least one gunshot wound and immediately called the cops.
He was pronounced by paramedics a short time later.
Police recovered .223-caliber rifle casings at the scene.
‘Within several hours, detectives developed leads on a potential suspect who also worked with the victim,’ police said.
Detectives tracked Solima to Milpitas and tailed him ‘until an opportunity presented itself to arrest [him] when he exited his vehicle.’
The suspect surrendered to cops who found a loaded, non-serialized, .223-caliber, short-barrel rifle in his car.
Police confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that the weapon was a ghost gun.
These are typically made from 3-D printed plastic parts and can be assembled at home using kits.
Police outside the Tesla factory on Monday evening
They are not made by licensed manufacturers so they do not carry serial numbers, making them impossible to trace.
Experts have warned these homemade guns are increasingly being used in crimes.
More than 40 percent of guns seized in LA are ghost guns, according to federal firearms officials.
Solima, of Milpitas, is due to be arraigned on Thursday.