6 dead in Kentucky plastics plant shooting
Associated Press Writer
HENDERSON, Ky. ” An employee got into an argument with a supervisor at a western Kentucky plastics plant early Wednesday, then shot and killed five people before killing himself, police and a company official said.
The shooting happened around midnight at Atlantis Plastics in this Ohio River town of about 28,000 people.
The employee began fighting with a supervisor and was escorted from the building, company CEO Bud Philbrook said. As he was leaving, he took out a gun, shot the supervisor, then charged back into a break room and shot several employees. Then, he returned to the floor and shot another employee before killing himself, Philbrook said.
“It’s just total shock. It’s something you read about in the paper what happened at one of our facilities,” Philbrook said.
It wasn’t clear if the employee was carrying the gun, or if he retrieved it after the argument. “We don’t know if the gun was in the car or if he went somewhere to get it,” Henderson police Lt. David Piller said.
At least one other person was injured, police said. The wounded victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., spokeswoman Cheryl Dauble said. That person was undergoing treatment, she said, but declined to release further information.
The names of the shooter and the victims were not released, and it was not clear if the supervisor was among the dead.
Henderson County Judge-Executive Sandy Watkins said the tragedy has shaken the entire town, partly because so many residents are either related to or know someone working at the plastics plant.
“Our whole community is in shock,” Watkins said.
Other employees at the plant were sent home. About 34 were inside at the time of the shooting, Philbrook said.