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Sheriff: Worker shot, wounded 2 at N Carolina plant

November 21, 2019 GMT
This booking photo provided by the Bladen County, N.C., Sheriff's Office shows Jaquante Hakeem Williams, 20, who is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder after a shooting at a meatpacking plant in Tar Heel, N.C., early Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, that left two people with serious injuries. (Bladen County Sheriff's Office via AP)
This booking photo provided by the Bladen County, N.C., Sheriff's Office shows Jaquante Hakeem Williams, 20, who is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder after a shooting at a meatpacking plant in Tar Heel, N.C., early Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, that left two people with serious injuries. (Bladen County Sheriff's Office via AP)

TAR HEEL, N.C. (AP) — A gunman was captured after opening fire in a North Carolina hog processing plant early Thursday, seriously wounding two co-workers, a sheriff said.

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker told WRAL-TV that the suspect is in custody after attacking the two employees in a stairwell at The Smithfield Packing Company plant in Tar Heel.

A sheriff’s statement says deputies responding to the active shooter report captured the gunman, who ran from the meatpacking plant into a nearby wooded area.

The wounded man and woman were airlifted to hospitals. Their conditions were weren’t immediately reported.

The sheriff told WWAY-TV that 20-year-old Jaquante Hakeem Williams of St. Pauls was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and is being held in the Bladen County Jail.

McVicker said Williams had worked at the plant for about a year.

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Information from: WRAL-TV, http://www.wral.com