FRANKFORT, Ind. — Gunshots rang out in the new NHK factory parking lot about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday during shift change, leaving two women lying dead on the asphalt lot and the suspect fleeing in a blue Ford, Clinton County Sheriff Rich Kelly said.
“We have two deceased people here at the facility,” Kelly said, noting deputies and Frankfort officers quickly responded and started a short pursuit of the suspect in a blue Ford Focus. “All three are NHK employees.”
The pursuit didn’t last long, Kelly said.
“It ended in Frankfort city with a vehicle crash,” Kelly said. “The suspect wasn’t injured in the crash and has been taken into custody and is being detained at this time at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.”
The names of the victims will be released after their families are notified, Kelly said.
Only two hours after the killings, Frankfort police, Clinton County sheriff’s deputies, Indiana State Police and the Clinton County Coroner’s Office all were at the scene investigating or securing the scene. Kelly was not going to release the suspect’s name so early in the investigation.
Kelly did not have any information about any possible relationship between the two women and the suspect.
The shooting prompted NHK to stop production for Wednesday.
“The factory is shut down at both plants for the day,” Kelly said. “They’re concerned with the well being of their employees.”
Frankfort is roughly eight miles east of the factory, which is the newer of the two NHK factory in the city and is at the southwest intersection with Interstate 65 and Indiana 28. NHK makes automotive seats and employees about 700 people, according to its website.
The Journal & Courier attempted to reach a spokesperson for the company and was not successful.
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