Disgruntled Worker Fatally Shoots 2, Wounds 3 at Linen Company Near Philadelphia

Disgruntled Worker Fatally Shoots 2, Wounds 3 at Linen Company Near Philadelphia
Delaware County Linen employees gather across the street from their workplace where a fatal shooting accoured Chester, Pa., on May 22, 2024. (Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

CHESTER, Pa.—A disgruntled employee opened fire at a linen company near Philadelphia on Wednesday, killing two coworkers and injuring three others, authorities said.

The shooting took place at the Delaware County Linen at about 8:30 a.m. in the city of Chester, about 18 miles (29 kilometers) south of Philadelphia. The shooter fled in a vehicle but was soon captured in a traffic stop, Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said. The shooter’s name has not been released, and the specific motive remains unknown. Earlier statements said he was a former employee.

Three people remained hospitalized, at least one in critical condition, police said.

The business had been in the community for more than 30 years, and some workers lived near enough to walk to work each day, residents said. Some of the workers on hand when the gunman opened fire gathered on the steps of a church across the street, behind barriers erected by police. One had a bandage visible on his hand.

“It’s always quiet around here. We don’t have too many issues, so this is surprising,” said Doneshia Johnson, who lives next door to the linen company and was standing outside with her 1-year-old grandson. She said she was out at the time of the shooting.

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