CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A worker at the Lowe's Home Improvement store in South End was killed in a storage building Saturday morning, an apparent accident that was the first workplace fatality at the South Boulevard location, a company official said.

Police confirmed the death, but neither investigators nor the spokeswoman would detail the circumstances surrounding the incident, which happened around 11 a.m., according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Earl Mathis.

The employee's name had not been released Sunday night, pending family notification. Julie Yenichek, a spokeswoman for Lowe's who was at the store answering reporters' questions, said no other employees or customers had been involved.

The storage facility runs along South Boulevard and is across the parking lot from the store.

The store remained open following the incident, and it's unclear if shoppers knew about it. At one point, a police crime scene investigation van was parked outside the store.

Sunday afternoon, a garage-style door to the storage facility was partially open, showing pieces of pine straw on the floor.

Caution tape surrounded a large section of the parking lot, and two employees had been posted just outside the restricted area.

Police homicide detectives were on hand, as were investigators with the N.C. Department of Labor, which looks into workplace safety violations.

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