Gunman Kills 5, Himself in Kentucky Factory Rampage
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
HENDERSON, Ky. —The CEO of a company that operates a western Kentucky plastics plant where an employee opened fire after an argument says a sixth person died Wednesday.
Atlantis Plastics CEO Bud Philbrook says the killings are just a "total shock."
The employee began arguing with a supervisor around midnight, then shot the supervisor before opening fire in a break room, according to Philbrook. He initially shot and killed four people and wounded two, one critically, before turning the gun on himself.
One of the wounded died later Wednesday morning.
The plant in the Ohio River town of Henderson employs about 150 people and makes parts for refrigerators and plastic siding for homes. Employees were sent home for the day.
Henderson police Lt. David Piller said the two who were wounded were flown to hospitals in Evansville, Ind.
The shooting victims were scattered around the plant, Piller said, and the employee had apparently retrieved the handgun used in the shootings during a break.
"It appears the shooting was random at this time," Piller said.
A 3 p.m. news conference was planned Wednesday.
Names of those involved in the shooting have not been released.
Hours after the shooting, police had set up a roadblock on the street leading to the plant, which is in an industrial area on the southern side of Henderson.
In a news release on the company's Web site, Atlantis Plastics said it is a leading U.S. manufacturer of three kinds of products: polyethylene stretch films for wrapping pallets of materials, custom films for industrial and packaging uses, and molded plastic pieces used in products such as appliances and recreational vehicles.
The company has 700 employees, including those in Henderson, and annual sales of $110 million, according to business directory Hoovers.
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How much are you willing to bet that the plant bans the possession of firearms on company property. I know that my employer does. Worked well for them in this case didn't it!