2 Killed In Apparent Murder-Suicide At Cummins Indiana Factory

Two men fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide at a company engine factory in southern Indiana were a manager and a worker.

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SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — A Cummins Inc. spokesman says the two men fatally shot in an apparent murder-suicide at a company engine factory in southern Indiana were a manager and a worker.

Cummins spokesman Jon Mills says the slain manager had supervised the worker. He declined to comment further.

Mills says the men were found dead in a new technical and office center attached to the company's Seymour Engine Plant.

He says the plant about 60 miles south of Indianapolis will be closed until Monday. He says counselors will be on hand to help workers deal with the tragedy.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott declined to characterize the shootings, citing the ongoing investigation. But Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles said preliminary information indicated it was an apparent murder-suicide.

Abbott said Thursday at a news conference the bodies were found on the second floor of a new technical and office center near the company's Seymour Engine Plant.

He declined to comment on the men's relationship. State Police say it appeared to be a murder-suicide.

Abbott says two to four shots were reported about 8:45 a.m. at the site about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

Cummins worker Jan Poole tells WDRB-TV she heard a noise so loud that her desk shook and she thought the ceiling might be falling.

Poole says "it wasn't until I was halfway out the door that someone said there was a shooting."

Mills said the company's facilities in the Seymour and Columbus areas were placed on lockdown to check on all employees after the shooting. The (Seymour) Tribune reported that police officers surrounded the building and that workers were being escorted outside.

The Cummins Seymour Engine Plant has several hundred employees. The Columbus-based company makes generators and engines used in trucking, farming and construction equipment.

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