Police are investigating a shooting at an eastern Illinois chemical plant where a longtime worker shot his company’s CEO during a job review before killing himself.
“All we know is something went wrong in the performance evaluation,” said Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn.
According to The Associate Press, the shooting took place Thursday afternoon at DynaChem Inc., a small, privately held industrial chemical maker based approximately 30 miles from Champaign, Ill.
Keith Rife, CEO of DynaChem, was shot by an employee who worked for the company for 20 years as a chemist and its director of new technologies. The Vermilion County sheriff’s office identified the shooter as 65-year-old Wayne Woodson, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsy results are expected Friday.
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The Champaign News-Gazette reported that Rife was rushed to the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill., with gunshot wounds to his head and hip, injuries that are non-life-threatening.
Authorities said the incident occurred in Rife’s office where Woodson took out a handgun from a briefcase. Rife was able to get out of his office after he was shot to call other employees for help.
The sheriff said that no motive for the shooting had been revealed.
DynaChem employs near 50 people, none of whom were injured.
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Woodson was a widower. Clarice “Candy” DeRenne, his wife who was also a chemist, died in 2009, the News-Gazette reported.