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Chrysler factory employee kills co-worker, himself

- Associated Press - Thursday, September 20, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — An employee fatally stabbed a co-worker Thursday at a Chrysler factory in Detroit and then fled to a city park where he killed himself, police said.

The stabbing was reported around 8 a.m. at a Chrysler plant that makes the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango full-size SUVs.

Police found the suspect at Belle Isle, a park minutes away in the Detroit River, where he shot himself inside his vehicle and died, Sgt. Alan Quinn said. The names of the men were not immediately released.

Sgt. Quinn said he had no information about what led to the stabbing or the relationship between the men. On Belle Isle, police tape restricted access to the area near the vehicle.

The Jefferson North plant employs just more than 3,000 workers on two shifts. No other employees were injured, and workers on the first shift were sent home, said Jodi Tinson, a spokeswoman at Chrysler Group LLC.

A TV station showed some employees driving away in tears.

"Chrysler Group is deeply saddened" by the events, the company said in a statement.

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