GREELEY, Colo. (AP) _ A Colorado Department of Transportation employee opened fire during a disciplinary hearing today, killing a co-worker and injuring another before being shot to death in the parking lot as he fled, officials said.
The employee, whose name was not immediately released, was killed after he was confronted by a state patrolman. The transportation department and state patrol share offices in Greeley.
``There was a shootout. The assailant was shot and killed by the patrolman,″ said Sgt. Gary Morehead of the Colorado State Patrol office in Denver.
The names of the two female administrators shot by the disgruntled employee were not immediately released.
Greeley Police Sgt. John Gates said the gunman fled the meeting room on the second floor of the building and ``somehow ended up on roof briefly.″ Gates said he jumped to the ground or re-entered building and then ran outside where there was an exchange of gunfire and the man was shot and killed.
Traffic was blocked on the road outside the office after the shootings, which took place just after 9 a.m. A receptionist at a nearby elementary school said officers secured the school, but the students were not sent home.
Gov. Roy Romer, who was ``shocked and saddened″ by the news of the shooting, canceled his schedule in the late morning and headed to Greeley, which is 50 miles north of Denver, said Romer spokesman Lawrence Pacheco.