A factory's smoke stack in Dayton, Ohio.
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By Melissa Chan and TIME
September 23, 2016

This article originally appeared on Time.com.

At least three people are dead in Athens, Tenn. after a lone gunman opened fire inside a factory on Thursday, authorities said.

The unidentified shooter killed two people inside a Thomas and Betts plant building about 4 p.m. before fatally shooting himself, WBIR reports. The male suspect was an employee at the factory, Athens Police Chief Charles Ziegler said at a news conference. His body was found inside one of the building’s bathrooms with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the police chief said.

Ziegler said it appears the gunman used a semi-automatic pistol.

It’s unclear what prompted the violence or whether the shooter knew his victims. The incident is under investigation.



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