Worker Fatally Shoots 2 and Injures One at Illinois Warehouse, Officials Say

U.S.|Worker Fatally Shoots 2 and Injures One at Illinois Warehouse, Officials Say

The gunman was later found dead and the authorities were investigating a motive for the attack at the Bunn-O-Matic warehouse in Springfield, Ill.

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Christopher Mele

Two workers at a coffee dispenser warehouse in Springfield, Ill., were fatally shot and another critically wounded after a co-worker opened fire on Friday morning, the authorities said.

The gunman fled and was found dead in his vehicle more than two hours later, the Springfield police chief, Kenny Winslow, said at a news conference. It was not immediately clear how he died or where exactly he was found.

The authorities said they were investigating a motive for the shooting, which was reported a little after 11 a.m. local time. The chief identified the gunman as Michael L. Collins, 48, who was employed at the warehouse, which is run by Bunn-O-Matic.

The victims were also all workers at the company. The two dead were men, one in his mid-20s and another in his 60s, the Sangamon County coroner, Jim Allmon, said on Friday.

The identities of those killed were being withheld pending autopsies to be done on Saturday and the notification of next of kin, he said.

Another worker, a woman, in her 50s, was in critical condition, the chief said. Two of the victims were shot inside the warehouse and another was shot in the parking lot. The chief said officials believed Mr. Collins personally knew each of the victims, and he said that the gunman used a handgun. It was not clear how many shots were fired.

The Bunn-O-Matic Corporation is a manufacturer of home and commercial coffee makers and beverage equipment based in Springfield, according to the company’s website. The company, which was founded in 1957, has warehouses and offices in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, China and the United Kingdom.

At the news conference, Arthur Bunn, the company’s president, said it was “the saddest possible day for our company.”

Dana Gietl, a cashier at the nearby Qik-n-EZ, said in an interview that two employees from the company came into the convenience store after the shooting and said they had heard six gunshots.

She said the workers were “shaken up” and went in search of drinks. The chief said more than 100 workers were in the Bunn plant at the time of the shooting. Springfield, which is the capital of Illinois and has a population of 114,000, is about 100 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo.

Greg Shelton, the manager of Solution Printing, across the street from the warehouse, said a hair salon worker in the strip mall nearby called him to warn him to lock the doors because there was a shooting at the “Bunn,” he said.

“But by that point there were like 20 cops flying up Stevenson Drive,” he said.

Johnny Diaz and Christine Hauser contributed reporting.

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