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Two Killed in N.C. Plant Shooting

September 24, 1998

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) _ A man described by coworkers as quiet and likeable is accused of gunning down two men, one a good friend, at the furniture parts plant where they were employed.

Investigators said Shane Anderson showed up shortly before his shift was to begin Wednesday afternoon at the Drexel Heritage plant. Instead of starting work, he opened fire with an assault rifle and a shotgun, police said.

Lee Travis Harris, in his mid-twenties, was killed as he drank coffee at a picnic table outside the plant. Elmer ``Mark″ Jaynes, who police said was in his 30s, died inside the company cafeteria.

Three men were wounded.

``I can’t picture Shane shooting them,″ said Tammy Hancock, who has worked at the plant for 13 years. ``Mark was Shane’s friend _ they hung out a lot.″

Anderson, 20, of Fairview was charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. He was to appear this morning in Buncombe County District Court.

Authorities had no indication of a motive.

District Attorney Ron Moore said he plans to seek the death penalty.

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