After hours of searching for more victims, police said Thursday night that everyone was accounted for in the ABB Trnasformer plant, where a gunman shot and killed three people, and wounded five others before shooting himself Thursday morning.
St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom said in an afternoon news conference that the gunman, Timothy Hendron, was found dead by officers not long after they entered the building. Police say two of the dead were found outside the building this morning. Hendron, 51 of Webster Groves, killed one other person inside before turning the gun on himself. Police say all of the victims were in their fifties with the exception of 27 year old Cory Wilson. All of the other victims, both injured and dead, were men in their fifties. Police anticipate releasing identities sometime Friday, however the New York Times reported Thursday night that 57 year old Carlton Carter was another of the three killed.
The conditions of the wounded were upgraded late Thursday afternoon. Two remain in critical condition. Two are now listed in fair condition, while the fifth victim has been treated and released.
Police say Hendron three weapons were recovered on the scene. He was carrying an assault rifle, and handgun, and a shotgun.
The shooting happened at 6:30 a.m. Several family members of employees say Hendron, a 25 year employee of ABB, walked into the plant and opened fire. They say the shooter is a disgruntled worker. Police say 40 to 50 people were inside at the time of the shooting. Police were able to get to some employees after they called from their cell phones and told police where they were. Several businesses near the scene were also evacuated.
In an earlier news conference, St. Louis police said they were searching the building room by room for the suspect. An APB was put out for a 2001 Nissan truck, pewter in color with Missouri tags "0KK 696". The vehicle was registered to Hendron, according to DMV records. Police shut down Interstate 70 between Jennings Station and Union in both directions near the shooting scene for several hours.
People inside the building were hiding in the building and texting family members saying they were okay. Police have a building surrounded in the 4300 block of Semple. It is believed to be at the ABB plant. The Swiss-based ABB Group makes power transmission and industrial automation equipment. The company manufactures transformers at the St. Louis site, according to its Web site.
Statement From ABB We can confirm there was a shooting at our St. Louis facility this morning. According to the St. Louis police authorities, four people were killed, including the gunman, and five were wounded. This is obviously a very sad day for ABB, and our thoughts are with our employees and their families. ABB has made arrangements for counseling services to be provided over the coming days and is making certain our people in St. Louis get the support they need.
The St. Louis plant will be closed on Friday to accommodate further police investigation. ABB is working closely with local authorities, and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
Joe Hogan, ABB's CEO, said, "I am deeply saddened by this news, and I know you will all join me in expressing the greatest sympathy to those who have been touched by this tragedy. We are making certain our employees get the support they need. However, this is not a loss only felt in the US. I hope our people in St. Louis are comforted by knowing that the thoughts of thousands of ABB colleagues all around the world are with them at this most difficult of times."