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Woman Shot to Death at Factory

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) - A gunman in camouflage killed a former co-worker inside a Wisconsin factory early Monday, then apparently committed suicide as officers searched the sprawling building, police said.

Police identified the attacker as Shadow Yang, 40. Lt. Michael Williams said Yang appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

The female victim was an assembly line worker in Rockline Industries' coffee filter division and had worked in the same area as Yang as recently as six months ago, a company official said.

The woman was on the job Monday when she was shot to death around 4:30 a.m., Williams said. Her attacker fired one shot, hitting her in the stomach, then, when she tried to get away, he shot her in the head, said Kirk Engholt, vice president of human resources for Rockline.

As many as 150 other employees were in the factory near downtown Sheboygan at the time and quickly evacuated as officers cordoned off the area. About 20 tactical team officers searched the block-long building before the finding the suspect's body.

Yang had quit his job at Rockline six months earlier, after working there as a materials handler for about five years, Engholt said. He said both the suspect and the victim had worked in the same area. Lt. Jeff Johnston said Yang and the victim were not believed to be romantically involved. Police did not release the victim's identity.

About 45 minutes before the shooting, firefighters had been called to a fire at Yang's duplex apartment, police Lt. Michael Williams said.

Rockline Industries, a family-owned company headquartered in Sheboygan, makes items including coffee filters and baby wipes.


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