Two other employees were injured in the shooting.
Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said the suspect, identified as Andreas Dion Horton, 34, was also an employee of the Mueller company. Smith said that shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Horton began firing an “unknown amount of rounds” from a handgun at his fellow employees.
He said that most of the shooting happened in the middle of the shift inside the plant. Smith said, “It’s tough. There’s no bone about it. The loss of life at any time is terrifying, whether it’s at the hands of a gunman, natural cause, car accident, name it.”
The police chief said Michael Lee Dobbins and David Lee Horton were seriously injured in the shooting.
Casey Sampson and Isaac Byrd were injured. Sampson and Bird were both taken to Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz, then to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Smith said that while the suspect and one of the victims have a surname, they are not related to his information.
Horton left the scene in a maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee after the shoot, Smith said.
Police in Guntersville, about 10 miles from Albertville, spotted Horton’s vehicle and found Horton dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Smith said. “Several weapons” were recovered from inside the vehicle. he said.
Smith said officers are still processing the crime scene in Mueller and working to understand “what happened or caused the shooting.”
Albertville is in northern Alabama, about 50 miles south of Huntsville.
‘Our hearts are breaking’
Mueller issued a statement expressing both the shock and sadness of the company and its commitment to support the employees and families of those affected by the shooting.
Smith said the plant is likely to remain closed for a few days while investigations by both state and federal agencies are ongoing.
In a statement to CNN, Albertville Mayor Tracy Honia called the shooting a “silly tragedy.”
“Our hearts are broken today after the senseless tragedy at the Mueller Company in Albertville. Mueller has been an integral part of this city’s life and workforce for just shy of 50 years,” Honna said.
Mueller, which distributes water and natural gas products, has 11 facilities throughout the United States and Canada, according to its website.