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Police Take Down St. Louis Plant Shooter

The AP via YellowBrix

January 08, 2010

ST. LOUIS — A disgruntled worker embroiled in a pension dispute with his company walked into the plant and opened fire Thursday, killing three people and wounding five before apparently killing himself.

The shooting spree at ABB Group’s plant sent frightened co-workers scrambling into closets and to the snow-covered roof for safety.

Officer Involved Shootings

Fire officials identified the shooter as 51-year-old Timothy Hendron of Webster Groves. Police would not release his name but said a man believed to be the gunman was found dead inside the plant from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“We’re very confident that this is the shooter,” Police Chief Dan Isom said at a news conference.

The shooting began at 6:30 a.m. at the plant where the Swiss-owned company makes electrical transformers. Police spent hours inside the sprawling plant searching for the gunman and additional victims.

The motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately known. But in 2006, Hendron and other ABB workers sued the company over retirement losses. The federal lawsuit accused ABB and its pension-review committee of causing their 401(k) accounts to include investment options with “unreasonable and excessive” – and undisclosed – fees and expenses. The suit went to trial Tuesday in Kansas City.

The shooting began during a shift change at the plant, which employs about 270 people. Forty to 50 employees were likely in the building at the time, police Capt. Sam Dotson said.

It wasn’t clear how many shots were fired, but authorities said employees scurried to find refuge from the bullets.

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

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad to hear he took care of him self, sad to hear about the families, prayers go to their families.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I'm glad it's over!My tyhoughts and prayers to the families of the victims!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers and sympathies go out to the friends and families of the victims. Glad the shooter is gone, just wish he hadn't felt the need to kill folks who, in all likelyhood, had nothing to do with the lawsuit.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My prayers for the families and friends of the victims.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    In a way... I am just glad the coward did pick the fast way out....

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A self imposed death penality saves the taxpayers some money. Prayers for the victims.

  • John_groh_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Now that makes a lot of sence. Go in and shoot up the other workers. They didn't have anything to do with the guys pension problems and most likely got took to the cleaners by the company as well. Sorry to hear that people died because of this idiot actions. At least he saved the State the cost of a trial.

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