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Gunman enters plant, kills woman, self

September 23, 1997 GMT

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ A man walked into an automobile seat plant with a gun and began firing Monday, prompting hundreds of workers to flee. He then shot and killed a woman and himself.

Ingrid Marshall, 29, had taken a personal protection order out against Ernest Hall Jr., 44, said police Lt. Robert Smith. Both were from Detroit.

``It does seem to be a domestic dispute,″ Smith said.

The gunman entered the building, the headquarters for the automotive systems division of Johnson Controls Inc., about 1:28 p.m.. He went to the purchasing department where the woman worked and fired two shots, sending workers fleeing for cover, Smith said.


When police arrived they evacuated the building and a SWAT team was called in. Smith said officers entered the building about 3:10 p.m. and found the gunman and the woman dead.

Smith said police did not enter the building immediately because they were busy gathering equipment and getting information about the area where the gunman was. Police never made phone contact with the man.

Officers entered after learning some workers were still in the area, hiding in closets and under desks, Smith said.

Johnson Controls’ Plymouth division has about 1,200 employees. The plant is about 20 miles west of Detroit.

Charles Harvey, director of human resources at the plant, said there was security where Hall entered ``but obviously in a tragedy like this, it wasn’t enough.″

The shooting came 10 months after a man shot his way into a Ford plant about 15 miles away in Wixom, killing a manager and injuring three others.