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A gunman armed with an assault rifle has killed one person and injured four more at a factory in the city of St Louis, Missouri, US police said.
Reports say workers at the ABB Power factory are hiding in offices and on the roof awaiting rescue.
Police say the gunman is still at large. The plant has been sealed off and local roads closed.
Fire Department spokesman Bob Keuss identified the shooter as Timothy Hendron of Webster Groves. Dotson said Hendron is an employee of the plant.
In 2006, Hendron and other ABB workers sued the company over retirement losses. The federal lawsuit accused ABB and its pension-review committee of causing their 401(k) accounts to include investment options with "unreasonable and excessive" — and undisclosed — fees and expenses. The suit went to trial Tuesday in Kansas City.
KMOX radio said Herndon was an assembly-line worker who had been employed by the company for 23 years. The Post-Dispatch said Herndon's federal lawsuit reported against ABB's pension review committee alleged "breach of fiduciary duty." The complaint alleged a "campaign of non-disclosure, concealment and misrepresentation" that resulted in "excessive fees and expenses from their 401(k) accounts." It claimed the plaintiffs had "suffered financial losses and damages, and have been deprived of the opportunity to receive market returns."
Word of Herndon's alleged involvement in the shooting stunned his neighbors in Webster Groves, an upscale St. Louis suburb. Many neighbors described Herndon as an amicable family man who kept a well-manicured home for his wife and small boy. "I couldn't ask for a better neighbor. We never had any problems with him," said Glennon Meyer, a 71-year-old retiree who credits Herndon with friendly gestures ranging from raking Meyer's leaves to bringing over a chocolate cake last Christmas. A few years ago, Meyer said, Herndon mentioned something in passing about having problems on the job. Herndon didn't elaborate. "Gee, I've talked to Tim many times, and he never exhibited any mental aberration," Meyer said. Ron Hawkins, who lives across the street from Herndon's split-level home, echoed that. "He seems like a really nice guy," said Hawkins, 72. "I know nothing negative about he and the family."