At least two workers were killed and two were injured in a shooting at a fire hydrant plant in Alabama on Tuesday, the police said.
The suspect left the scene of the shooting at the plant, the Mueller Company, in Albertville and was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Albertville’s police chief, Jamie Smith. The suspect was also an employee at the plant, Chief Smith said.
“For an unknown reason an employee of the industry began firing a weapon at fellow employees,” he said in an email.
The company employs hundreds of people and is one of the nation’s largest producers of fire hydrants.
The shooting took place at about 2:30 a.m., and the suspect’s body was found in a vehicle more than three hours later in Guntersville, about eight miles from Albertville.
The two people who were injured were hospitalized, and their conditions were not immediately known, Chief Smith said.
He said the motive was being investigated. The identities of the victims and the suspect were not released.
About 21,000 people live in Albertville, which is about 80 miles northeast of Birmingham in northern Alabama. The Mueller plant, one of the largest employers in Albertville, has earned the town the nickname of “Fire Hydrant Capital of the World.”
Officials at the company could not immediately be reached.
The plant was built in 1975 and produces 700 hydrants a day, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. In 1990, the city celebrated its one millionth hydrant with a nickel-coated hydrant still displayed outside the Albertville Chamber of Commerce.
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