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“Crazy” Woman gets suspended from Kraft foods and comes back with a gun killing 2 employees and injurying 1……

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 10, 2010

PHILADELPHIA- Philadelphia police have identified a woman accused of fatally shooting of two co-workers after being suspended from a Kraft Foods plant.

The official tells The Associated Press that the woman being held is Kraft worker Yvonne Hiller of northeast Philadelphia. She is in custody but no charges have been announced.

The police official was not authorized to release the name ahead of a scheduled news conference later Friday and spoke on condition of anonymity. The official says it remains unclear why the two were killed and a third critically injured while others nearby were not targeted.

Authorities say Hiller was suspended Thursday and escorted out but returned soon after, driving through a security barrier and then opening fire inside the plant just after 8:30 p.m.

The shooting happened inside a plant of the nation’s largest food manufacturer, whose products include Oreo cookies, Philadelphia cream cheese and Oscar Mayer bacon, Lt. Frank Vanore said.

The woman now reported as Yvonne Hiller returned to the building in a car 10 minutes after being escorted out and drove through a security barrier before re-entering the building on foot, Vanore said.

As she walked inside, she fired a shot at an employee who had followed her in and had yelled, “Hide, she’s got a gun!” Vanore said. That shot missed.

The woman then shot the three victims, said police, who didn’t immediately know the victims’ identities or whether they had been targeted. Officers responded and isolated the shooter in a room, and she fired a shot at them but missed, Vanore said.

Officers freed seven people who were “in a bad position” near the woman and were hiding, Vanore said, but he wouldn’t refer to them as hostages. The shooter eventually was apprehended around 9:30 p.m., he said.

Television footage showed workers leaving the Northfield, Ill.-based company’s plant, which used to be known as the Nabisco factory and is about six stories tall. Police surrounded the plant minutes after the shooting, and roads in the area were detoured as officers swarmed nearby.

Dough mixer Andy Ryan, who has worked at the plant for nearly 30 years, said he was on the third floor when the sound of the shots echoed through the building, where cookies and crackers are made.

“I heard the gunfire, and I ran,” he told The Associated Press, his apron still on. “As I was running down the steps they were yelling, ‘Oh, my God, there’s three people shot!”‘

The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper reported that about 100 people were inside the plant but had been cleared out.
Kraft said in a statement that in addition to the three employees who were shot, a contract worker suffered a less serious injury, but it did not elaborate.

“This is a sad day for the Kraft Foods family,” the statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families. The loss of a loved one is a great sorrow.”

Kraft said the plant would be closed until further notice and the company would provide employees with counseling.

Mass shootings are rarely carried out by women, said Dr. Park Dietz, president of Threat Assessment Group Inc., a Newport Beach, Calif.-based violence prevention firm. Some notable exceptions include a 1985 rampage at a mall in Springfield, Pa., that left three people dead and seven wounded. Sylvia Seegrist was found guilty of murder but mentally ill in that case and was given three life sentences. She said in 1991 she hoped she wouldn’t have to spend the rest of her life in prison and “maybe 15 or 20 years would be fair.”

Earlier this year, Amy Bishop, a former instructor and researcher at the University of Alabama’s Huntsville campus, was charged with murder in a campus shooting spree that left three biology professors dead and three other employees injured. She claimed the shootings “didn’t happen.”

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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