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Man kills 3, self at Mo. plant, police say

By Jim Salter
Associated Press / January 8, 2010

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ST. LOUIS - A worker embroiled in a pension dispute with his company showed up at the plant and opened fire yesterday, killing three people and wounding five before apparently killing himself.

The shooting spree at ABB Group sent co-workers scrambling into closets and to the snow-covered roof for safety.

Police declined to name the gunman, but he was widely identified as Timothy Hendron, 51, of Webster Groves. Fire officials confirmed that was the name of the person police said they were seeking.

Police said a man believed to be the gunman was found dead inside the plant from an apparently self-inflicted wound.

“We’re very confident that this is the shooter,’’ Police Chief Dan Isom said at a news conference.

The shooting began at 6:30 a.m. at the plant, which makes transformers. Police spent hours inside the sprawling building, searching for the gunman.

Isom said it may be weeks before police piece together why it happened. But in 2006, Hendron and others sued over retirement losses. They accused ABB of causing their 401(k) accounts to include investment options with “unreasonable and excessive’’ - and undisclosed - fees and expenses. The suit went to trial Tuesday in Kansas City.

The shooting began during a shift change at the plant, which employs about 270 people. Forty to 50 employees were probably in the building, police said.

Two of those killed were found in the parking lot. One victim and the man believed to be the shooter were inside, along with an assault rifle, a handgun, and a shotgun, Isom said.