UPDATE: Three shot to death at St. Louis plant
Gunman reportedly kills himself; five wounded
Three people have been shot to death and five others wounded at an ABB transformer manufacturing facility in St. Louis on Thursday. The shooting happened after 6:30 a.m. Thursday when the gunman reportedly went into the facility armed with a rifle and a handgun.
KMOX-TV in St. Louis was reporting Thursday afternoon that the gunman, identified as 51-year-old Timothy Hendron of Webster Groves, MO, had been found elsewhere in the plant with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Three of the wounded were in critical condition and two were in fair condition, police said.
Hendron reportedly was involved in a pension benefit lawsuit with ABB.
"This is obviously a very serious situation and we are working to gather more information as it becomes available,'' said a statement from ABB's corporate headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. "The welfare of our employees is of utmost importance to us.''
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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