St. Louis News: ABB Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, 8 Injured
St. Louis Police Looking for Suspect, ABB Power Employee
St. Louis police authorities are looking for a man in connection with a shooting that occurred at the ABB Power plant, which has left three people dead and eight injured. According to Fox News, Police are searching for Timothy Hendron, 51, who reportedly worked at the power company for 25-30 years. They are also looking for the car he may have been driving, “a pewter-colored Nissan truck with license plates with Missouri license plate OKK 696.”
Around 6:30 a.m., a man with a large assault rifle, possibly an AK-47, entered the ABB Power plant in St. Louis, Missouri, a company that makes power transmission and industrial automation equipment, and employs about 270 employees at this particular location. Police were told that the gunman also carried a handgun, a rifle and an ammunition belt, according to Fox News.
Is this a case of revenge?
Police believe Timothy Hendron is the suspect in this case. Family members of ABB employees suggest that the shooter was a “disgruntled worker”, who had possibly been fired from his job recently. Certainly, desperate need of quick cash while feeling betrayed over a job loss is enough to drive a person wild, especially in this economy. Did this happen to Timothy Hendron?
Hendron’s friend and neighbor Ronald D. Bartram say no. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he does not believe his friend is capable of such a thing, and that police may be looking for the wrong man. “I am very upset,” said Bartram. “He’s a good friend of mine and I am really concerned. He is a good man.” He said that Hendron has been working for the company for many years, and nothing seem to be bothering him when he spoke to him last just two days ago. He did say that Hendron is a hunter and has guns in his possession.
Thomas Schmidt, Swiss-based ABB spokesman, told Fox News that they are closely working with police, but did not say whether or not the shooter was a former employee of the company. “We are shocked about the event and our thoughts are currently with the families,” Schmidt said.
ABB Group is one of the largest engineering companies in the world, a Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, that employs approximately 120,000 people worldwide. In October last year, the company reported approximately $1 billion in third quarter earnings.
This story is still developing as of this writing. Visit Fox News for more updates.
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