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Shooting in South Carolina: 2 workers were killed in an industrial factory.  Police believe the suspect was a former employee

One of the victims was in critical condition after the shooting at the Fraenkische Industrial Plant in Anderson, South Carolina, according to Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore. The condition of the other victim has not been released.

About 30 employees were at the plant when the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. and all but the two victims were able to escape, Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said.

Authorities believe the shooter was a former factory employee and appeared to have a gun.

“Obviously a very scary scenario, a very tragic scenario, and so we’re trying to work out all the details now and start the investigation,” McBride said.

According to the company’s website, Fraenkische develops “pipes, shafts and system components” for industries ranging from drainage and electrical systems to building technology and automotive.
The shooting comes as the country grapples with an increase in gun violence and crime. So far this year, there have been 11,152 gun deaths in the United States, according to Gun Violence Archive. Last weekend alone, 13 people were killed and more than 40 injured in shootings across the country.

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