In Gaffney, 2 People Were Shot at the Timken Plant in South Carolina

Two people were killed in a murder-suicide at a Gaffney industrial company on 1 March 2023, Wednesday morning. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office was called to the Timken Plant at 100 Timken Road just before 7 a.m. on March 1 for a shooting that resulted in injuries.

According to Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller, responding deputies discovered a girl with several gunshot wounds in the parking lot and a male who seemed to have self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

2 persons were shot at the Timken Plant in In Gaffney South Carolina.
2 persons were shot at the Timken Plant in In Gaffney South Carolina.

Both were taken to the hospital but later passed away from their wounds. After informing the next of kin, the Cherokee County Coroner will disclose the identities of the deceased.

According to Mueller, there has never been a shooter inside the plant and the neighborhood is not in danger. Many Timken workers saw the shooting as they arrived to work.

“This was not a random act of violence. The shooter and the victim knew each other in this case and both worked at the Timken plant,” Mueller said. “We are asking people to pray for the impacted families and the Timken plant family as they deal with this tragic event.”

The sheriff’s office is still looking into the murder-suicide. Therefore, no further information will be disclosed. The plant’s spokesman, Scott Schroeder, stated that operations for the day had ended and that workers may either go home or visit the facility to talk to bereavement counselors.

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On March 1, 2023, Fred Cunningham posted a tweet to his official Twitter page in which he said-

“BREAKING: Cherokee County, SC Sheriff says two people were shot this morning in the Timken plant parking lot. We’re told one person was shot and the suspect shot himself. No word on their conditions. Timken officials say they are ceasing operations for the day.”

Here is a statement from Scott Schroeder, the plant spokesman:

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic situation and our thoughts are with our associates, their family and friends. We are cooperating with local authorities and defer any questions about the investigation to them.”

“We are focused on supporting our employees at this time and will have grief counselors on-site to provide assistance.”

“We are ceasing operations for the day and let employees know they can go home and/or meet with grief counselors at the facility.”

Call (864) 489-4722, extension 109 to reach Investigator Jordan Cutchin if you have any information. Timken said in January that the Gaffney plant would shut down before the end of the year.

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