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Navistar Factory in Illinois Scene of Shootings

Aired February 5, 2001 - 4:43 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: Another workplace has been rocked by a deadly shooting. Employees say they scrambled for safety when a man opened fire this morning at the Navistar International engine factory in Melrose Park, Illinois. Melrose Park is a suburb just on the outskirts of Chicago. CNN's Lisa Leiter is standing by there now with more -- Lisa.

LISA LEITER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Thanks, Joie.

Well, we do know that the confirmed suspect in this case was 66- year-old William D. Baker. He is a resident of Carol Stream (ph), which is south of here. We are in Melrose Park, at the Navistar International diesel engine plant.

Mr. Baker worked for Navistar for 39 years. He was fired in 1994, and charged in 1999 with conspiracy to commit theft. He was scheduled to five months in prison; he was expected to start that prison sentence tomorrow. He came here this morning and allegedly shot and killed four people, and then turned the gun on himself, killing himself. He also wounded four others. One of those men was treated and released at a local hospital. Two are in critical condition with gunshot wounds, and one is in fair condition right now.

Now, the shooting take place in an area where engines are tested. One engineer describing the scene this morning as chaotic; he heard gunshots and screams, and then they were told to leave the scene. The employees were evacuated this morning, and then, some were let back in to gather their belongs after they were able to get their keys for their homes and so forth.

Now, there was just press conference with Navistar Chairman John Horn, and here is what he had to say about today's events.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JOHN HORN, CHAIRMAN, NAVISTAR: This has, obviously, been a terrible day at International for the company and for all the employees and the victims of this incident. This morning, an armed man forced his way into the company's plant, and several employees were either killed or wounded.

Our sympathies certainly go out for all the families, the victims and other employees of the company that are affected by this incident and there is no question words cannot express the hurt that a tragedy like this creates.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

LEITER: Well, obviously, this is a developing situation. We are expecting more news out of some press conferences here locally shortly --Joie.

CHEN: All right, Lisa Leiter reporting to us from Melrose Park, Illinois.

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