Who is Gary C Ferrell II? Indiana automotive plant shooter kills woman and her granddaughter

Gary C Ferrell II, 26, of Frankfort fled the scene in a blue Ford Focus but was apprehended by police shortly after


                            Who is Gary C Ferrell II? Indiana automotive plant shooter kills woman and her granddaughter
Gary C Ferrell II shot 2 female co-workers at an Indiana automotive plant (Clinton County Sheriff's Office)

CLINTON COUNTY, INDIANA: A 62-year-old woman and her 21-year-old granddaughter were fatally killed on Wednesday, August 17 as they arrived for work at an Indiana automotive plant, situated in central Indiana, according to authorities.

Clinton County Sheriff Rich Kelly detailed the incident in a press conference on Wednesday, August 17, and said authorities received many calls about gunshots in the parking lot of the NHK Seating of America plant in Frankfort, located about 47 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The shooting happened during a shift change at around 4:15 pm. The women killed in the shooting were identified as Promise Mays, 21, and her grandmother Pamela Sled, 62, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. The suspected shooter, who was a worker in the same automotive plant, Gary C Ferrell II, 26, of Frankfort, fled the scene in a blue Ford Focus but was apprehended by police shortly after, Sheriff Richard Kelly told reporters.

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"It ended in Frankfort city with a vehicle crash," Kelly said, according to the Lafayette Journal & Courier. "The suspect wasn't injured in the crash and has been taken into custody and is being detained at this time at the Clinton County Sheriff's Office." He added that speeds in the brief chase approached 100 mph and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. Ferrell and the two victims were all employees at the plant. Mays and Sled were arriving for work at the time of the shooting, while Ferrell worked a different shift and was not working. "I know from talking to some of the workers and the staff at NHK America that they have worked together in the past. They do know each other," Kelly said, according to the paper. 

The motive behind the incident has not been determined yet and it is not known if the two women were the targets or were victims of a random attack. The plant, which produces vehicle seatings, opened in June 2021. "Our prayers and sympathy go out to the friends, families, and co-workers of the victims," NHK said, according to the Journal & Courier. Ferrell was jailed pending the filing of formal charges. Kelly said, "We are working feverishly with the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office to gather evidence and statements so that we may move forward with charges in the next couple of days," he added.

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