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Seymour Police Chief Holds Cummings Shooting Press Conference
Updated March 11, 2016 6:06 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(SEYMOUR) - Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott says the names of the deceased will not be released pending identification of one of the victims and notification of family members.

Seymour Police received several 911 calls reporting the shooting or shots fired at the building. Local schools, including nearby Seymour Middle School, were put on lockdown.

"Once we arrived on the scene, we were directed to the new tech center building, specifically to the second floor, where we were told anywhere from two to four shots were fired," Abbot said in a news conference Thursday.

Abbott says, two men, both of whom were dead, were located in a meeting room on the second floor of the tech center.

The new tech center expansion, located on East Fourth Street opened last fall.

The alarms sounded at the building and everyone evacuated. No one else was injured as a result of the shooting or evacuation.

The building was secured after an initial search.

Seymour Police officer, Indiana State Police troopers and Columbus Police Department SWAT teams along with other area law enforcement agencies completed a secondary search of the facility in cooperation with Cummins Emergency Response Team.

Employees were able to return to the building around 11:45 a.m. to retrieve personal items, but were sent home and do not have to return until Monday.

Police provided little other detail about the investigation.

"It's a very involved scene and investigation process," Chief Abbott added. "Once we have more information, I will release at a later time. Right now, it's as best as it can be."

He then added, "We want to express a lot of sympathy for the families and friends of the victims."



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