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2 dead in Roanoke: Shooting at FreightCar America

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Posted at 8:13 AM, Oct 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-25 12:38:34-04

ROANOKE, Va. -- Two people were killed and other people were injured in a shooting at FreightCar America on Campbell Avenue in Roanoke, according to WDBJ7.

One of the deceased was the gunman who police believe took his own life, WDBJ7's Christian Heilman reported.

It appeared the shooter used to work at FreightCar America and the deceased shooting victim was a current employee, Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones told reporters.

Initial reports of an active shooter at the building came in at about 6 a.m.

Roanoke Police started to sweep the building at about 8 a.m. to make sure it was clear of other devices and people who could be involved, police said.

Virginia State Police and Roanoke Police are investigating the shooting.

FreightCar America makes train cars.

Roanoke Police released the following information:

Here is what we know for sure and have verified about the incident at Freight Car America:

We received the call at approximately 6:08 am.

Two individuals were confirmed dead in the facility. One is believed to be the suspect.

Three other individuals were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries related to this incident.

None of the responding officers fired their weapons.

There is zero indication of any further threats to the public at this time.

A large law enforcement presence remains on scene conducting the investigation and performing a protective sweep of the entire facility.

Thanks to all of our law enforcement and public safety partners who are assisting us with this incident, including the Roanoke City Sheriff's Office, the Roanoke County Police Department, Virginia State Police, the Norfolk Southern Police Department, and Roanoke Fire-EMS.