Gunman shot 3 SmileDirectClub employees in Antioch, Tennessee, before officers killed him, police say – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
(CNN) – An employee of a company that makes clear plastic tooth aligners opened fire on one of its Tennessee facilities on Tuesday morning, injuring three people there before police officers shot and killed him. kill, authorities said.
The gunman, identified by police as Antonio King, a 22-year-old day worker, entered the SmileDirectClub manufacturing plant in the Nashville neighborhood of Antioch just before 6 a.m. and shot a manager and two guards dead. security, Nashville Metropolitan Police. the ministry said.
Security guard Johnny Hardin, 46, was being treated at a hospital in critical condition Tuesday afternoon; Security guard Carlton Watson, 66, was in stable condition, police said.
Thomas Abbott, a 54-year-old executive, was treated in a hospital and released, police said.
The shooting occurred during a shift change, police said. A worker who witnessed the shooting told CNN that she had just pointed in and sat down at her post when she saw the gunman, gun in hand.
“I immediately began to take shelter,” Charlotte Jennings, 53, told CNN by phone. She said she saw him raise the gun and remembers him saying, “Why are you running? “
At that point, he pointed the gun and started to “shower the place” with gunshots, Jennings said.
The MNPD investigation indicates that King initially fired his .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a magazine extended inside the facility without anyone being injured, then engaged in a shootout with security guards through the doors of the facility. According to the MNPD, King fired more than 20 shots, in which the two security guards and a manager were wounded. Police believe King was also injured by their gunfire.
Body-worn camera footage from the incident, released by the MNPD, shows officers arriving repeatedly ordering King to drop his gun, but receiving no compliance.
Officers Dylan Ramos and Cherell Kinchloe then fired their weapons, according to the MNPD, fatally injuring King, who was pronounced dead Tuesday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“Constable Kinchloe’s actions in firing two shots, given the perspective represented by his video, are under review by the police department,” MNPD spokeswoman Kristin Mumford said. . “This investigation is still in its early stages and will take time to complete. In the coming days, the (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation) and the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office will continue to analyze this incident. “
Mumford said that as a matter of policy, the MNPD will conduct a review of the tactics and interactions seen in body camera images to ensure they meet the “highest standards expected” of their officers.
“The beatings lasted so, so long”
Earlier, police said the gunman shot two people. A fourth person injured his ankle while running, police spokesman Don Aaron said.
SmileDirectClub said “The incident was quickly contained by security personnel on site. “
“The safety of our team members is a top priority for our business and we maintain strict security protocols and a no weapons policy at all of our facilities,” the company said. noted Tuesday in a statement on Twitter.
SmileDirectClub is primarily known for working with dentists and orthodontists to sell clear plastic aligners online as an alternative to traditional braces.
The shooting appeared to go on for a long time, Jennings said.
“The beating lasted so, so long,” she said. “He fired a lot of shots. “
At one point, Jennings and others ran through a nearby exit.
“I never thought I would experience it in my job,” said Jennings, a longtime Nashville resident. “It was terrifying. I am traumatised. It was so scary.
The shooter had started his last stint at the company in June, but had also worked there from late 2019 to early 2020, the police said.
The Antioch district is located approximately 12 miles southeast of downtown Nashville.
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