Two people were killed and two were seriously injured early Aug. 19 when an employee opened fire at an automotive injection molding plant in Andover, east of Cleveland, near the Pennsylvania border.
The shooting occurred around 8:15 a.m. at an Andover Industries plant, according to Ashtabula County Sheriff Bill Johnson. Two fatalities - the shooter and a female employee - were confirmed by the sheriff's office.
Theodora Mosley, 61, died after being shot by 32-year-old Ricky Shadle. Shadle then turned the gun on himself, according to the Ashtabula County Coroner's office.
The Associated Press reported that Shadle was upset because of a dispute surrounding vacation time. AP also reported that Shadle had a learning disability and had worked at Andover Industries for five years.
Two female employees of the firm suffered multiple gunshot wounds and were taken to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
Joyce Thompson-Smith, 54, remained in critical condition Aug. 21, according to hospital spokeswoman Patty Rush. Susan Martin, 35, was released from the hospital Aug. 21.
In a prepared statement, Andover Industries officials said ``the Andover family has experienced a tragedy that will affect us for the rest of our lives.''
``We may never fully understand what happened,'' officials said. ``Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have died, and those that have been injured and their family and friends.''
The Andover plant closed after the shooting but reopened Aug. 21. Company officials were unavailable for further comment.
The privately held firm makes interior and exterior automotive components - such as instrument panels, floor consoles, air-bag covers, facias and grilles - for the North American market, as well as parts for consumer products such as washing machines and snowmobiles.
The 50-year-old Andover Industries is based in Troy, Mich., and runs a total of 48 presses in plants in Dayton, Ohio, and Meadville, Pa., as well as the Andover plant.
The company ranked 58th, with annual sales of $120 million, in a recent Plastics News ranking of North American injection molders.
The firm's Web site indicates the company employs 750.