3 dead, 5 wounded in St. Louis plant shooting

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 11:47am

ST. LOUIS – Authorities now say three people are dead and five are wounded after a man armed with an assault rifle and a handgun opened fire at a St. Louis manufacturing plant.

Police Capt. Sam Dotson confirmed the number but did not have names. Authorities haven't confirmed whether one of the eight was the gunman.

The shooting began around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at Swiss-based ABB Group's plant in St. Louis. Police are going room by room inside the sprawling plant, searching for the shooter and additional victims.

Many of the 40 or 50 employees inside the plant at the time of the shooting hid on the rooftop, in boiler rooms and in closets.

Authorities say three of the wounded are in critical condition and two are in fair condition.

***THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP's earlier story is below.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities now say three people are dead and four are wounded after a man armed with an assault rifle and a handgun opened fire at a St. Louis manufacturing plant.

Police Capt. Sam Dotson confirmed the number but did not have names or details about the victims.

The shooting began around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at Swiss-based ABB Group's plant in St. Louis. Police are going room by room inside the sprawling plant, searching for the shooter and additional victims.

Many of the 40 or 50 employees inside the plant at the time of the shooting hid on the rooftop, in boiler rooms and in closets.

Fire Department spokesman Bob Keuss says at least two of the victims were in critical condition.

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