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Police: Feuds Led Woman to Shoot Colleagues

Police: Feuds Led Woman to Shoot Colleagues

A S.W.A.T. officer exits the scene of a workplace shooting at the Kraft Foods Inc. facility in Northeast Philadelphia on Thursday Sept. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

Associated Press

September 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA — A Kraft Foods plant worker was suspended from her job because she was feuding with colleagues, then returned minutes later with a handgun and fatally shot two of them and critically wounded a third, police said Friday.

Yvonne Hiller, 43, was escorted from the plant after being told of the suspension about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. But she returned from her vehicle with a .357 magnum, threatened a guard with her gun to get past security, and made her way to the third floor, where she found her victims in a break room, police said.

Hiller told one woman she was free to leave, then fired just three shots, one at each victim, Homicide Capt. James Clark said.

Hiller had been involved in a series of arguments and a few physical altercations in recent years in the mixing area where she worked, police said.

After leaving the break room, Hiller went down a hallway and fired shots at the supervisor who had suspended her along with an employee who was using a walkie-talkie to alert police and co-workers to her whereabouts, police said. She missed both of them.

Hiller then went to a second-floor office, where she called police to tell them what she had done. She had put her gun down by the time officers found her there, Clark said.

The victims were identified as Tanya Renee Wilson, 47; Latonya Sharon Brown, 36; and Bryant A. Dalton; 39, all of Philadelphia. Wilson and Brown died at the plant.

Dalton, shot in the neck, was in critical condition at Jefferson University Hospital, police said.

Hiller was charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges. She had a permit to carry the gun, authorities said.

Hiller has worked for Kraft for about 15 years. The Northfield, Ill.-based company makes Oreo cookies, Philadelphia cream cheese, Oscar Mayer bacon and other products.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    praying for the families that lost their loved ones. so sad.....

  • 45089_396847393722850_1055776862_n_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    *sighs* this happens WAY TOO OFTEN at the workplace. Bump Top_Cat's comments.

  • Canada-flag_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    sad, sad sorry

  • Screen_shot_2011-04-10_at_8


    almost 4 years ago


    It never fails, the American public shocks the hell out of me. Amazing how we are willing to treat each other

  • Uniphone1_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    MAN!! That's tragic!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    again wtf is wrong with people...?

  • Images_max160_sq90_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Agreed LDS0719. Just more south central philadelphia shootings. We're the LA of the east.

  • Swat_teaser_fin_sm001_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    What in the world are they putting in those Oreo cookies??? Sad story.

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