FARGO — A 35-year-old man is charged with killing two adults and a mother’s unborn child.
Anthony Reese Jr. of Moorhead was arraigned Thursday morning, Nov. 18, in Cass County District Court on three charges of murder, including one that says he killed a pregnant woman. Judge John Irby set Reese's bail at $2 million cash only.
Reese, who remains in custody at the Cass County Jail, is accused of opening fire Wednesday afternoon at Melet Plastics, also known as Composite America, at 401 27th St. N. in Fargo. Reese was an employee of Melet, a criminal complaint said.
The two Fargo residents who were fatally shot were 32-year-old April Carbone and 43-year-old Richard Pittman, court documents say.
Pittman and Carbone also worked for the company, and Reese allegedly shot the two after being fired, WDAY reported.
Reese got into an altercation with Pittman while fixing a piece of machinery Wednesday morning, according to a coworker. The coworker said Reese was fired after the fight.
Reese left but then returned a short time later with a gun, according to the criminal complaint. He got into another altercation, pulled out a handgun and shot Pittman multiple times, the complaint said.
He then turned and shot Carbone multiple times, according to the complaint. It's unclear why he shot the woman, but a coworker said Carbone was trying to run away.
Carbone was eight months pregnant, and was dating Pittman at the time of the shooting, court documents said. The unborn child was a girl whom Pittman and Carbone named Layla, prosecutors said.
Reese turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at the Fargo Police Department headquarters, 105 25th St. N., which is about two blocks from the shooting scene. Police said they recovered the gun believed to have been used in the killings.
The three charges against Reese are Class AA felonies that carry a maximum punishment of life in prison without parole.
Reese declined The Forum's request for an interview, according to jail administrator Capt. Andrew Frobig. A phone message left for Reese's attorney, Eric Thomas, was not returned Thursday.
Melet Plastics specializes in engineered plastics, as well as natural fiber compression-molded and injection-molded agricultural and industrial equipment parts.
The murder charge for the death of the unborn child is seemingly rare. Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick said he can't recall his office pursuing such a charge since he took office in 1999. The law was enacted by the North Dakota Legislature in 1987.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Pittman and Carbone to raise money for funeral expenses. It can be found at gofundme.com/f/richie-pittmans-funeral.