By Calvin Palmer
A man armed with an assault rifle opened fire this morning at an electrical engineering company in St Louis, killing two workers and wounding five others.
Police say a third person was found dead and is presumed to be the gunman. They are awaiting a formal identification of the body, believed to be Timothy Hendron, 51, an assembly line worker at the eletrical transformer plant.
Shots were heard at ABB Power, a subsidiary of Swiss-based ABB Ltd, at the start of the morning shift at 6:30. Employees ran to the rooftop to escape the gunfire.
A two-mile area around the plant was cordoned off by police and a section of Interstate 70 closed.
An ABB supervisor told police that Hendron was a disgruntled worker recently laid off. He was a plaintiff in a class-action federal lawsuit against ABB and its pension review committee over financial losses.
Three of the injured workers are in critical condition, while the other two are described as in fair condition.
Police have not issued the names of the victims but friends have identified Cory Wilson and 57-year-old Carlton Carter among the dead.
A friend and neighbor of Hendron, Ronald D. Bartram, said that Hendron has worked for the company for a long time.
Bartram said that he spoke to Hendron just two days ago and nothing was bothering him. He said Hendron is a hunter and has guns.