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Man Arrested in Ohio Workplace Shooting

November 6, 2003

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) _ A man with two handguns opened fire Thursday at a trucking company, killing two employees and wounding three, then fled in a van, authorities said. Police later arrested a former employee of the company at a truck stop 50 miles away in Indiana.

Indiana State Police identified the man arrested as Tom West, who, according to West Chester police, had worked for the trucking company until 2001 and had been named a suspect in the shootings.

West had not been charged as of Thursday morning. Authorities said his appearance matched the suspect’s description down to the green jacket he was wearing.

The attack began shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. A man in his 50s drove through a security checkpoint at Watkins Motor Lines in an industrial park in suburban Cincinnati, then walked inside and began shooting at five men in an office of the company’s mechanics area, West Chester Police Capt. David Kelly said.

About an hour-and-a-half later, officers in Indiana arrested West at a truck stop along Interstate 74 after receiving a tip about someone acting suspiciously, Indiana State Police Lt. Marty McKinney said.

The conditions of the three wounded employees were not immediately released.

One shooting victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. One of three taken to Bethesda Hospital North in Cincinnati died about an hour later, spokesman Joe Kelley said. Another person was taken to Mercy Hospital in Fairfield; hospital spokesman Jeff Weisman said he had no other information.

Officials with the company’s headquarters in Lakeland, Fla., did not immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday. The company, which transport freight from multiple customers, has 132 locations and employs more than 12,000.

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