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Police: 5 dead in Henderson, Kentucky, plant shooting

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Atlantis Plastics plant in Henderson where an employee shot and killed four people at the Atlantis Plastics plant in Henderson before killing himself early Wednesday, according to Henderson police Lt. David Piller. In addition to the four deaths, Piller said two others, who were injured, were flown to hospitals in Evansville.

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HENDERSON, Ky. An employee got into an argument with a supervisor early Wednesday, then shot and killed four people at a western Kentucky plastics plant before killing himself, police said.

The shooting happened at Atlantis Plastics in this Ohio River town of about 28,000 people.

Henderson police Lt. David Piller said two others were injured and flown to hospitals in Evansville, Ind. At least one was in critical condition.

The employee used a handgun he retrieved during a break, Piller said.

The shooting victims were scattered around the plant, Piller said.

It appears the shooting was random at this time, Piller said.

Police did not say if the supervisor the employee argued with was among the victims.

A woman who answered the phone at a number for Atlantis Plastics declined to give her name and would only say that the company would not comment until a 3 p.m.

news conference. The company s Web site said it is based in Atlanta, Ga.

Names of those involved in the shooting have not been released.

Rita Quinonez, a supervisor at Deaconnes Hospital in Evansville, Ind., said they have received one of the injured employees, who was listed in critical condition. She would not say if the patient was male or female.

Hours after the shooting, police had set up a roadblock on the street leading to the plant, which is in an industrial area on the southern side of Henderson.

Other employees at the plant were sent home.

In a news release on the company s Web site, Atlantis Plastics said it is a leading U.S. manufacturer of three kinds of products: polyethylene stretch films for wrapping pallets of materials, custom films for industrial and packaging uses, and molded plastic pieces used in products such as appliances and recreational vehicles.

The company has 700 employees, including 200 in Henderson, and annual sales of $110 million, according to business directory Hoovers.

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