Friday, January 8, 2010

ABB Shooting News Update

The ABB shooting rampage which started at 6:30 AM this morning at the ABB Power factory in St. Louis, Missouri, is now over. However, the toll of those dead and wounded in the incident has risen since the earlier report.

There are now at least three people dead in the ABB shooting, including the gunman, who took his own life. At least five others were wounded. Three of the wounded were listed in critical condition, and two in fair condition, police said.

The ABB shooting occurred around 6:30 AM during a shift change. There were likely 40 to 50 people in the ABB plant at the time, according to reports.

Timothy Hendron, an employee of ABB, has been identified as the shooter. He is apparently a long-time employee of the company, having worked there as an assembly worker for 23 years.

In 2006, Timothy Hendron and other ABB workers sued the company over retirement losses in their 401K plans. The federal lawsuit accused ABB and its pension-review committee of include investment options in the 401K plan that had unreasonable, excessive, and undisclosed fees and expenses. The suit went to trial Tuesday in Kansas City.

Thomas Schmidt, an ABB corporate spokesman in Zurich, Switzerland, where the company is based, said the following in statement released Thursday:

“This is obviously a very serious situation and we are working to gather more information as it becomes available. The welfare of our employees is of utmost importance to us.”

Written by Michael Santo

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