Murder-suicide at Cummins plant in Seymour, Ind.

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 3/10/2016

Two people were dead after a murder-suicide took place at Cummins’ Seymour Technical Center in Indiana Thursday morning, the engine manufacturing company confirmed in a series of social media posts.

Cummins confirmed that both individuals who died were Cummins employees. Police started receiving calls at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said during a press conference. When police arrived, they found two deceased males in a meeting room on the second floor. Identities of the deceased have not been released as of press time.

Chief Abbott said anywhere from two to four shots were fired. Cummins Emergency Response Team members evacuated employees. Seymour Police Department SWAT, Indiana State Police SWAT and Columbus Police Department SWAT teams conducted a secondary search before giving the all-clear. Nearby schools were placed on lockdown.

Jon Mills, spokesperson for Cummins, confirmed for Land Line that the two employees who died were a manager and an employee he supervised. No further information, including any motive, is available at press time.

Mills said the shooting was an isolated incident, and the company’s top priority is to help employees through the difficult time. The center will be shut down until Monday, March 14, and grief counselors will be available for employees.

Gov. Mike Pence expressed sympathy in a statement Thursday at around noon.

"Our hearts go out to the family of the victim of this senseless act of violence at the Cummins plant in Seymour earlier today,” Gov. Pence said. “We commend local law enforcement for their swift response to this incident and will provide any and all support from Indiana State Police in the investigation."

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