- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) - Investigators still haven’t been able to determine what sparked a workplace murder-suicide last month at a Cummins facility in southern Indiana.

Qing Chen, 37, of Seymour shot and killed his supervisor, Ward Edwards, 49, of Columbus, before he turned the gun on himself March 10 at Cummins Seymour Technical Center, according to police.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott told The (Seymour) Tribune (https://bit.ly/1qZrLL2 ) that the shooter’s motive could remain a mystery.

“We have a good outline of the way things worked out, but it doesn’t really shed any more light on what happened,” he said.

Chen is seen on video entering the technical center at about 8:30 a.m. and local dispatchers received the first report of an active shooter on the second floor at 8:45 a.m.

Officers initially ordered workers to lie on the floor with their hands up because they still thought there was an active shooter in the building. They eventually went upstairs to a small meeting room and found two people dead and a handgun.

Although there were 45 bullets left over at the scene of the murder-suicide, Abbott said there’s no proof that Chen intended to shoot anyone else.

Witnesses didn’t hear loud arguments or yelling before the shooting. Chen’s personnel file didn’t indicate issues that could explain what happened, and Edwards’ family wasn’t aware of conflict between the two.

“They didn’t know of anything out of the ordinary,” Abbott said of the supervisor’s family.

Police believe Chen, a Chinese national who was in the U.S. on a five-year work visa, legally purchased the handgun used in the shooting and the three rifles found in his apartment.

Abbott expects his department’s report on the shooting to be finished soon. It will then be sent to the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indiana Department of Labor.


Information from: The (Seymour) Tribune, https://www.tribtown.com

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