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Active Shooter Opens Fire in St. Louis Factory

Active Shooter Opens Fire in St. Louis Factory

Police identified the suspected shooter as Timothy Hendron, one of a number of employees who is suing the company. (AP Photo)

The AP via YellowBrix

January 07, 2010

ST. LOUIS – An employee armed with an assault rifle and a handgun walked into a manufacturing plant Thursday morning and opened fire, killing at least three people and wounding five others, authorities said.

Several hours later, police were still inside Swiss-based ABB Group’s plant, going room to room in a search for both the gunman and additional victims, police Capt. Sam Dotson said. Authorities had not confirmed whether the shooter was among the eight.

Fire Department spokesman Bob Keuss identified the suspected shooter as Timothy Hendron of Webster Groves, a St. Louis suburb. Dotson said Hendron is an employee of the plant.

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The shooting occurred as a federal lawsuit Herndon and other ABB workers filed against the company in 2006 over their retirement plan was unfolding in a federal courtroom in Kansas City, Mo. Online court documents show that a bench trial began Tuesday and was expected to last at least three weeks.

The lawsuit seeks to recover financial losses by the workers’ 401(K) retirement plan, claiming that ABB and its pension-review committee caused the plan to include investment options with “unreasonable and excessive” fees and expenses.

Gunfire broke out around 6:30 a.m. during a shift change, and 40 to 50 people were likely in the plant at the time, Dotson said. As shots began to ring out, employees scurried to find safety.

“Many of them sought safety on the roof, in boilers and broom closets,” Dotson said.

Names of the victims were not immediately released. Police said three of the injured were in critical condition and two were in fair condition.

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said firefighters and paramedics were standing by in case there were additional injuries, either from the shooting itself or from seeking refuge on the roof in bitter cold. The wind chill in St. Louis dipped below zero.

“It’s cold, and shock sets in, hypothermia,” Jenkerson said. “It doesn’t sound good.”

Dozens of emergency vehicles circled the sprawling plant on a day made more chaotic by several inches of snow that snarled traffic in the St. Louis region.


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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Why kill your fellow employees, they had no control over the plan. This was a lowdown cowardly act, senseless !!!!

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    kaalima

    over 4 years ago

    1748 Comments

    A real coward !! When is it courageous to shed innocent, unarmed blood. I know that he will suffer extreme punishment for this act of cowardice. May all the victims Rest In Peace, and may God bring comfort to those who survived this senseless violence.

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    clearforcode7

    over 4 years ago

    394 Comments

    Coward says it all! Sad as it is he should of finished himself without involving innocent people.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Cowardly and Sickening. I lost a chunk out of my small, now even smaller, 457 plan. I'm not gonna start shooting innocent people because of it. What a waist of skin. Thank God he saved the tax payers money by popping himself.

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    cvarain

    over 4 years ago

    220 Comments

    These guys go after those that are unarmed, real brave. Like those people have something to do with his retirement. Coward!!!!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11226 Comments

    A coward in the end, after all. Bump to scurge !!!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Scurge said it pretty well, I've got nothing else to add!

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    nightwatch

    over 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    Just read he did kill himself. Apparently it was over his retirement benefits. Now we are starting to see these attacks that are related to benefits in this hard economy. The shooting in LV was about Social Security. Enjoy Hell.

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    nightwatch

    over 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    He should have stayed home and slurped a shotgun shell, seein he had no brains anyway. Hope they get his 6 if they haven't already

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    NECU2

    over 4 years ago

    350 Comments

    Think this cowards actions will affect the outcome of the pending lawsuit?

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Bump Scurge!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43868 Comments

    Good choice of words Scurge!

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43868 Comments

    Good choice of words Scurge!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    JP503, Scurge,
    Right on the money brothers... Coward... That's all... Piece of trash....
    Surely won't face anyone in a true gun battle... Crap.

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    What a POS and a whimp, shooting at unarmed people.

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