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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.


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