(ABC News) — Three people are dead following a workplace shooting Thursday afternoon at a factory in eastern Tennessee, police said.
One of the deceased is the shooter, an employee of the factory who died from a self-inflicted gunshot, Athens police chief Chuck Ziegler said at a press conference. Ziegler said the man was apparently using a semi-automatic pistol, but he didn’t know the caliber or brand.
The shooting occurred at the Thomas & Betts steel fabrication factory in Athens, located about 60 miles northeast of Chattanooga.
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Ziegler said police haven’t investigated the inside of the plant, but officers will be at the crime scene through the night.
Witnesses are also being interviewed.
ABC News’ Darren Reynolds contributed to this report.