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Poultry Worker Opens Fire at Ark. Plant (suspended Tyson Foods Inc. employee)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/20/06 | AP

Posted on 04/20/2006 11:49:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - A Tyson Foods Inc. employee who had just been suspended from his job returned to the poultry processing plant carrying two pistols and opened fire, wounding a co-worker before police shot the gunman, officials said.

The victim was shot in the groin but listed in good condition at a hospital Thursday morning. The 24-year-old suspected gunman was in critical condition.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the worker had been escorted out of the plant Wednesday evening but reappeared later that night with weapons.

"While we're still gathering details, we can tell you plant supervisors began evacuating 400 to 500 people from the plant after a worker was seen carrying two guns," Mickelson said Thursday.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Jefferson County sheriff's deputies and local police responded. There was a brief standoff and officers from both agencies fired, he said.

"I would just tell you this was a situation that could have been a whole lot worse than it was," Sadler said.

A worker at the plant told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the gunman had a pistol in each hand and was looking for one employee in particular.

"He shot behind me and beside me," Shuntae Kye told the newspaper. "He had two guns in his hands, and he was walking through the plant shooting."

Kye said employees scattered, trying to hide or get out.

The suspected gunman, identified as Julian English, was hospitalized in Little Rock in critical condition Thursday morning, University Hospital spokesman Jon Parham said.

The victim, Ronny Smith, 34, was in good condition at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, spokeswoman Lisa Rowland said.

Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producer, is based at Springdale.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkansas; banglist; opensfire; plant; poultry; suspended; tysonfoods; worker

1 posted on 04/20/2006 11:49:45 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Hold Muh Beer and Watch This..........


2 posted on 04/20/2006 11:50:45 AM PDT by cmsgop ( I love Scotch. .......Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch)
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To: NormsRevenge

Seeing that there will be little speculation about the shooter's immigration status, can we fall back on the default TROP?


3 posted on 04/20/2006 11:51:49 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: NormsRevenge

Now qualified for Postal work.


4 posted on 04/20/2006 11:52:06 AM PDT by Toby06 (Make illegal immigration illegal!)
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To: 1rudeboy
Seeing that there will be little speculation about the shooter's immigration status, can we fall back on the default TROP?

>We're going to have to, because he doesn't even have a "black" name for the racists here to pick on.

5 posted on 04/20/2006 11:53:29 AM PDT by Toby06 (Make illegal immigration illegal!)
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To: NormsRevenge

A good ol' fashioned workplace shooting. Haven't seen one of these in a while.

They are so early 90's though.


6 posted on 04/20/2006 11:53:33 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: NormsRevenge

He went poultral.


7 posted on 04/20/2006 11:56:53 AM PDT by American Quilter
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To: NormsRevenge

'Git her done!'


hey isn't Tyson one of Bill Clintons Hommies???


8 posted on 04/20/2006 11:57:01 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producer,"

Corrected should read: "Tyson Foods, the world's largest employer of Illegal Aliens..."

9 posted on 04/20/2006 11:57:04 AM PDT by holyscroller (A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him to the left)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The victim was shot in the groin but listed in good condition ..."

There is NO WAY you can be in "good condition" after being shot down there. NO FREAKIN' WAY!

10 posted on 04/20/2006 11:59:06 AM PDT by manwiththehands (Lead, follow or shut up.)
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To: manwiththehands

Thats what occurred to me too!

Anyway, I hope the idiot who opened fire lives, so he can see how wrong his plan went, and face the music.


11 posted on 04/20/2006 12:05:06 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: ketelone

Pine Bluff is a scary place.


12 posted on 04/20/2006 12:07:16 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

How so?


13 posted on 04/20/2006 12:24:06 PM PDT by ketelone
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To: ketelone

Shootings are fairly commonplace in this town. I'm down there on biz regularly.


14 posted on 04/20/2006 12:28:54 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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No fatalities- He just winged the guy.


15 posted on 04/20/2006 12:54:22 PM PDT by Rio (Don't make me come over there....)
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To: 1rudeboy

Wellll, maybe he was fired so they could replace him with an illegal alien member of TROP.


16 posted on 04/20/2006 12:58:22 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The victim was shot in the groin but listed in good condition at a hospital Thursday morning."

Sounds like somebody caught his wife cheating with a coworker...

17 posted on 04/20/2006 1:06:45 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

It sure sounds real personal.


18 posted on 04/20/2006 1:08:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: sweetliberty

ping


19 posted on 04/20/2006 1:08:42 PM PDT by null and void (America: It's too late to work within the system, but it's too early to start shooting the bastards.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"was shot in the groin but listed in good condition"

This, I imagine, is a matter of opinion.

20 posted on 04/20/2006 1:10:31 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: RJS1950

illegal alien Muslim from Nigeria, maybe


21 posted on 04/20/2006 1:11:42 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: holyscroller

Where do you think they get the meat. Tastes like chicken! hmmmmm?


22 posted on 04/20/2006 1:12:50 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: Budge

Anybody you know?


23 posted on 04/20/2006 2:56:54 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Tyson employee living in Pine Bluff with the last name of English? Probably black. Purely speculation based on statistical probabiluty...and having lived in Pine Bluff.


24 posted on 04/20/2006 2:58:35 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile.)
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