Police investigating after apparent murder-suicide at Cummins Engine Company in Seymour
Indiana State Police are investigating after two people were fatally shot at the Cummins Engine Company plant in Seymour, Indiana.
SEYMOUR, Ind. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police are investigating after an employee and a manager were fatally shot at the Cummins Engine Company plant in Seymour, Indiana.
According to a spokesman with Indiana State Police, the scene is secure, and police believe it was a murder-suicide.
Police say the victim has been identified as Ward Edwards, 49, of Columbus. The other person found dead has been identified as the suspect, 37-year-old Qing Chen of Seymour.
Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said police received reports of several shots fired on the second floor of the new tech building around 8:45 a.m. When officers arrived, they found Edwards and Chen had been shot.
Abbott later said Edwards was Chen's direct supervisor and police found a 9 mm handgun at the scene.
Mills called the case an "isolated incident."
We spoke with an employee who described what she heard and saw.
"I heard this loud noise, and the desk shook," said Jan Poole. "I thought the ceiling was coming down. I thought something was going on with the structure. And it wasn't until I was halfway out the door that someone said there was a shooting."
Poole says she knows at least one of the deceased.
"The gentleman that was the victim is just an all-around wonderful person," Poole said. "I did not know the shooter, I don't know him personally, I should say. But I have worked on and off over the years with the victim. Wonderful person.
After the shooting, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence released the following statement:
"Our hearts go out to the family of the victim of this senseless act of violence at the Cummins plant in Seymour earlier today. We commend local law enforcement for their swift response to this incident and will provide any and all support from Indiana State Police in the investigation."
Cummins employees tell us the plant will remain closed until further notice.
Police say investigators searched both of the men's vehicles and Chen's apartment.
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