Sheriff: Worker shot, wounded 2 at N Carolina hog plant

Crime & Safety

This booking photo provided by the Bladen County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office shows Jaquante Hakeem Williams, 20, who is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder after a shooting at a meatpacking plant in Tar Heel, N.C., early Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, that left two people with serious injuries. (Bladen County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

TAR HEEL, N.C. (AP) — A gunman was captured after opening fire in a North Carolina hog processing plant early Thursday, seriously wounding two co-workers, a sheriff said.

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker told WRAL-TV that the suspect is in custody after attacking the two employees in a stairwell at The Smithfield Packing Company plant in Tar Heel.

A sheriff’s statement says deputies responding to the active shooter report captured the gunman, who ran from the meatpacking plant into a nearby wooded area.

The wounded man and woman were airlifted to hospitals. Their conditions were weren’t immediately reported.

The sheriff told WWAY-TV that 20-year-old Jaquante Hakeem Williams of St. Pauls was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and is being held in the Bladen County Jail.

McVicker said Williams had worked at the plant for about a year.

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