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Gunman Kills Four, Injures Five at Illinois Engine PlantAired February 5, 2001 - 1:21 p.m. ET
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JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Back here at CNN Center, we want to bring you update on the latest information we have from Melrose Park, Illinois, where shooting there this morning, right around 10:15 this morning, at the Navistar International plant -- to Melrose Park, Illinois.
It's outside of Chicago, about 15 miles outside of the city of Chicago and its outskirts, west suburban limits there. The latest reports we have are from CNN correspondent -- Lisa Leiter's on the scene and has spoken to a spokesperson for the Cook county Sheriffs Department, in which is that area.
And that report has four people killed, and five injuries. Some of these may be very severe injuries. We had an earlier report from a local hospital that a 45-year-old man was in critical condition.
It is not clear who the gunman was, although Lisa Leiter, speaking with some of the people on the scene, says that some of the witnesses know the shooter as a person who had worked at this plant some time ago, maybe as long as a couple years ago.
Spokesman for Navistar International, though, telling us that there had been no recent layoffs at the facility and saying that this is a secure facility, there on the outskirts of Chicago.
Want to hear now from a spokesman from another company in the same area, the International Truck Engine company, this spokesman telling reporters a short time ago what he knows about the situation there.
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BOB CARSO, INTERNATIONAL TRUCK & ENGINE CORPORATION: This is obviously a very sad day in our company's history as well as for employees and their families. It's a very difficult situation that we're confronted with right now. We are looking at -- to EAP assistance for our employees and their families as we move forward from this tragedy.
We are also very concerned about the notification of the families. We are working with the police department currently to identify the victims. We have not -- I have -- identification of the families -- for the families yet. I will be going back to my office shortly and hope to brief you folks on an hourly basis when we get more information.
Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of information to share with you at the moment. The investigation is still going on. As I get more details, I will certainly be forthcoming with you. And I apologize for getting with you so late. We had to take a circuitous route in order to achieve access here.
Again, we're going to be notifying the families as soon as we access personnel records and such.
QUESTION: What can you tell me about the shooter?
CARSO: We have no information. The investigation is going on. The police are still in the facility and are examining and taking evidence at this point and time.
QUESTION: Was he previously arrested by the Feds for stealing engine plans?
CARSO: We have no idea who the shooter is yet. We have not identified them officially, so...
CARSO: We don't have that information currently.
But I do want to get back to my office, and I do want to get that information for you, so please -- I'll be back in an hour and give you more information. We come back to this location.
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CHEN: Very latest information coming to us from Melrose Park, Illinois. You heard there a spokesman for the International Truck Engine company, apparently part of same complex as Navistar International, out there in Melrose Park, Illinois, where there was a shooting today, and as you see at the bottom of the screen there, the Cook county sheriff's spokesman told our Lisa Leiter on the scene that as many as four people have been killed, five people injured, have been injured.
Now, so far, it is not clear whether the gunman involved is one of those who died as a result of a shooting at the engine plant in Melrose Park, Illinois. In fact, this latest spokesman said they don't know -- they have not confirmed who the gunman is, although some people on the scene had told correspondent Lisa Leiter that they believe that this individual -- somebody who had previously worked at this factory.
However, responding to questions in concerns about economic conditions and whether that might have led to this shooting, to this situation at the plant, spokesman for Navistar International told us earlier that there had been no recent layoffs and that this was a secure facility.
But there was a shooting there today, and CNN is continuing to follow up on the story. We'll bring you late details on it as soon as we get them.
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