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Police say Cummins shooter owned 5 guns legally

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Police are now confirming an employee killed his boss and then shot himself at Cummins in Seymour, Indiana yesterday.

Qing Chen, 37, of Seymour, shot and killed his direct supervisor, Ward Edwards, Thursday morning in a small meeting room on the second floor of Cummins new Technical Center on East Fourth Street, according to local police.

An autopsy conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Louisville at 8 a.m. Friday revealed that Edwards died of multiple gunshot wounds and Chan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said both men died instantly, but he wouldn’t say how many bullets had been fired or where on the body each had been shot.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said he likely will likely not release the motive because it is a Cummins personnel issue.

"They had a supervisor/employee relationship, and I'm going to leave it at that," Abbott said of Chen and Ward Edwards, the manager police said Chen killed.

Police continue to process evidence from Chen's apartment as well as from Cummins.

Abbott said Seymour Police will release 911 calls at a later date. He said there are around six and are still being listened to as evidence.

Police said a search of Chen’s home turned up four guns at least four other guns. The one used in the shooting was purchased in Plainfield, police added.

"We have recovered at least three other rifles and one other handgun at this time," Abbott said Friday morning.

All the guns were located in Chen's apartment on Sycamore Road in Seymour, Abbott said.

Chen, who was in the U.S. on a 5-year-work visa had a legal permit to carry a gun. A 9 mm Glock was used in the shooting. He purchased it in 2012 in Plainfield, Abbott added. At the time he purchased the gun, Chen listed his address as Columbus, Abbott said.

"To our knowledge, he lived alone," Abbott said.

No other receipts for guns have been located at this time, Abbott added.

Local police have not talked to any of Chen's friends and have only spoken with co-workers so far, he said.

"From the interviews we've conducted with employees, there seems to be an indication that some conversations did take place, but we don't think there was any planning talked about," said Abbott.

He also said they were still trying to determine how Chen got the 9mm Glock into the building. Cummins has a no gun workplace policy.

"We know that he wound up using the gun, but from video security, we don't see it on him when he enters the building," Abbott said.

Chen, originally from China, had worked for Cummins for two to three years and was in the U.S. on a 5-year work visa, Abbott said.

Local police have not been able to talk with Chen's family in China but had put in a call to the Chinese consulate Friday morning, he added.

Abbott said he isn't aware of Chen having a criminal record, but said he would learn more about that after talking to Chinese authorities.

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