Police say a horrific shooting at a Weatherech facility in Illinois on Saturday came after a temporary employee robbed and confronted two other workers.
Police in the village of Pollingbrook, a suburb of Chicago, reported a shooting at the facility around 6:25 a.m. and found three people shot, police said.
One victim died and another was in critical condition, while a third person was treated at the hospital and released, police chief Mike Romba said.
The suspect escaped when police arrived but was arrested that morning, police said. He was preceded in death by Charles c. Identified as Magnite Jr., 27.
McKnight, who was temporarily employed at the facility, said police believe the shooting happened after he robbed two co-workers at gunpoint while working overnight and then confronted about the robbery, Romba said.
“When confronted with an argument, the perpetrator pulled out a handgun and shot three colleagues,” he said. “This shooting does not appear to have been planned.”
Police said a watch and wallet were seized in the robbery. Police said they found a handgun and stolen items when McKnight was arrested.
The dead man was identified by police as Central Hideover, 37, of the Plainfield area. Police said the injured worker, who was in critical condition, was 25 years old and one of the robbers.
The robbery took place in a bathroom and the victims told staff about it and there was an argument before the suspect opened fire, Romba said.
McKnight worked at a temporary agency and has been assigned to Weatherteck since June 9, police said.
McKnight has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, police said. It was not immediately clear if there was a lawyer who could speak on his behalf Saturday.
Police described the building where the shooting took place as a distribution center. WeatherTech, a manufacturer of automotive products, did not immediately respond to a request for comment earlier on Saturday.
Ava Kelly Contributed.