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Melrose Park Police Chief Holds Press Conference on ShootingsAired February 5, 2001 - 5:06 p.m. ET
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BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: Earlier today, a shooting in an engine plant in Melrose Park, Illinois outside of Chicago. We join the news conference.
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QUESTION: ... the security systems you have and (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
CHIEF VITO SCAVO, MELROSE PARK POLICE: Well, I really can't speak on those terms because that's Navistar's deal. We haven't got anything to do with their security system. But I do know this, being a police chief here, they do have security gates, security people employed in the exterior of the building, so on and so forth. But that's so far as that goes.
QUESTION: Was the suspect ever arrested before?
SCAVO: Yes. He was -- he was convicted, arrested in '95, convicted in '98.
QUESTION: Can you tell us about the weapons that you recovered and what you believed was used as the manner to get them?
SCAVO: The weapons that are recovered are one AK-47 assault rifle, One .38 revolver, one Remington 870s (ph) shotgun pump, and one .30 caliber hunting rifle.
QUESTION: Which one did he seem to be using?
SCAVO: It appeared to be the AK-47, but again, we're still going on with the investigation and we're not real certain if that's the only weapon that was used.
QUESTION: Did he say anything while he was shooting?
QUESTION: Full auto?
SCAVO: Yes, full auto.
QUESTION: Did he say anything verbally?
SCAVO: At this time, the investigation is still pending. We have numerous witnesses still in our station. We have no indication if there was any words exchanged with his victims whatsoever.
QUESTION: Were the Melrose Park police involved in the investigation of the engine thefts and what more can you tell us about that?
SCAVO: I have no knowledge of that whatsoever about the engine theft. We weren't involved in that. I know for a fact that it was a Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI handled it, investigated it and convicted him of it.
QUESTION: Chief, do you have any information about how long he might have been planning this?
SCAVO: No, none whatsoever.
QUESTION: Earlier that day, he was seen at the (UNINTELLIGIBLE) down the road?
SCAVO: I have no knowledge of that.
QUESTION: Have you had a chance to check the suspect's home? Any other weapons found there?
SCAVO: Right now, I'm not certain if that was even done. I have no knowledge of that, whether or not that's true or false.
QUESTION: You say the security guards were armed and if so, did they return any fire?
SCAVO: Again, you'd have to ask Navistar that.
QUESTION: Do you know whether -- I mean as a part of the investigation, whether they fired any shots?
SCAVO: It's ongoing. You've got to remember, this only happened last less than eight hours ago. I have no idea whether or not Navistar has armed guards or not armed guards.
QUESTION: You said he took a security essentially hostage to get into the facility. Was that security guard shot?
QUESTION: And was the guard able to break away or...
SCAVO: Again, it's still ongoing. I haven't received any statements from my investigators of exactly what went on. But it was to my belief that he just cast her aside and walked in.
QUESTION: Was there a change in the security configuration at the plant just in the last 24 to 48 hours that you are aware of?
SCAVO: No, not that I am aware of.
QUESTION: They got a new security company...
SCAVO: I have no knowledge of that. That's a question you have to address to Navistar.
QUESTION: Were any of the guns possessed legally or was he not supposed to have them...
SHAW: OK, let me voice over the picture...
SCAVO: ... that's kind a lengthy process. As of right now, we don't have any knowledge whether or not anything was stolen or what the situation with the guns are.
SHAW: This is the Melrose Park, Illinois police chief Vito Scavo at this news conference under way on the shooting earlier today at the Navistar International Plant which makes diesel engines. Five people are dead. Four are injured. Among them, the alleged gunman, 66-year- old William D. Baker. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Baker was indicted on federal conspiracy to commit theft charges in 1999. Among those killed in the shooting at the plant 15 miles west of Chicago was a man identified as a supervisor who had worked 26 years for the company.
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