A gunman has opened fire at the Thomas and Betts factory in Athens, Tennessee, killing two people before turning the gun on himself, local police say. The motive for the killings was not immediately known. (more)
The incident began at about 4:16 p.m. on Thursday when officers were called to reports of an active shooter at Thomas and Betts, which is a manufacturer of electrical, mechanical and utility products. It is located just across the road from McMinn County High School.
A large number of police officers rushed to the scene and found dozens of people fleeing from the factory, where more than 100 people were at work. Officers later entered the building and located three bodies inside the building.
The shooter was found in a bathroom and is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Athens Police Chief Chuck Ziegler. He said the suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.
McMinn County High School was put on a lockdown as a precaution.
Details about a possible motive were not immediately known, but Ziegler said the shooter is believed to have been an employee at the factory. The identities of the victims were also not yet known, though local media reports indicated that at least one of them was a co-worker.
Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have responded to the scene, said TBI spokesperson Leslie Earhart.
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We've moved locations. Massive police presence still on scene outside Thomas & Betts. Looks like group of employees gathered outside. pic.twitter.com/8rVjewXaRm