At least two dead, two injured in early morning shooting at Alabama plant


(ALBERTVILLE, Ala.) -- Two people are dead and two others are injured from a workplace shooting at an Alabama plant Tuesday morning, officials said.

The four victims were found inside the Mueller Co. plant in Albertville, about 50 miles southeast of Huntsville, Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said at a news conference. The plant manufactures fire hydrants and other water distribution products.

The suspect, Andreas Deon Horton, a Mueller Co. employee, was working at the time, Smith said. Horton, 34, was found dead Tuesday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Smith said the shooting appears to be "completely unprovoked.”

Horton allegedly used a handgun and fired an unknown number of rounds, police said, adding that multiple weapons were recovered from his car.

About 100 employees were in the plant at the time, as the gunfire broke out during the middle of a shift, Smith said.

The two injured employees have been transferred to a Chattanooga hospital, police said. Their conditions were not clear.

In a statement read by police at the news conference, Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea called the plant an "integral" part of the town, adding, "We hurt with them today."

ABC News' Joshua Hoyos and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 3:01PM by Jon Haworth, ABC News Permalink