Manager Killed in Pa. Plant Shooting; Second Shooting in N.C.

March 16, 2001
A man who worked at a furniture plant in Pennsylvania opened fire killing a manager and was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday.

A man who opened fire at a furniture plant in East Greenville, Pa., where he worked, killing a manager, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday.

Wednesday''s fatal workplace shooting was one of two in the nation that day.

Michael J. Tompkins, 23, was found dead in his car parked off a state highway a couple of miles from the plant, the Montgomery County district attorney''s office said.

Scott Peters, 42, was killed in the shooting Wednesday night at Knoll Inc., a company that makes office furniture and accessories.

Knoll, a privately owned company, employs about 1,300 workers.

The shooting appeared to have followed a workplace dispute, officials said.

In North Carolina, a man recently fired from PPG Industries ambushed employees at the plant''s parking lot Wednesday evening, killing one man and injuring another.

The suspect, Brandon Eugene Smith, 20, was shot by police who chased him after spotting his truck later that day. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for a head wound.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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