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Indiana man kills four, then himself

A man shot four co-workers to death at an aircraft parts plant Friday, then fired at police from a company van during a high-speed chase that ended with him killing himself.

The van was still moving when the gunman shot himself while approaching a police roadblock across the state line near Niles, Mich., said Capt. Richard Dragomer of the Michigan State Police.

The gunman was identified by police as William Lockey, 54. Police said they weren't sure of a motive, though one co-worker said the man was worried about losing his job.

Two other employees were wounded, and three officers were hurt by flying debris or shotgun pellets as they exchanged gunfire with Lockey during the chase. Police said Lockey stopped occasionally to fire at police and reload before driving off again.

One of the wounded employees was hospitalized in serious condition; the other was listed as stable.

Police said the shooting began about 8:15 a.m. at Bertrand Products, a manufacturer with about 50 employees.

Employee Sharon Zalas said the gunman brought a grocery bag at the start of his 7 a.m. shift.

"Everybody went to work, the next thing we heard was pop, pop," Zalas said. "We thought maybe it was one of the machines because we saw one of the guys running. Then we saw the gun, and he was shooting and shooting."

Zalas said she believed the gunman, who worked in the shipping and receiving department and opened fire during a meeting, was targeting particular co-workers.

"Because he used to get in little squabbles with them because he didn't get his merchandise in time to ship it out," Zalas said.

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