Plant, schools on lockdown after gunman shoots employee

A food service manufacturing plant in Conyers, Ga., was on lockdown after a gunman reportedly shot an employee.

The suspect allegedly walked into the Dart Container Corp. facility at 7 a.m. and started shooting, according to the spokesman for the food service manufacturer, which employs roughly 300 at the plant.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Lee Thomas said the man injured in the shooting was taken to the hospital, although he didn’t know the extent of the injury. Police are currently looking for the man who fired the shots and has since left the plant, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On the Rockdale County Facebook page, police asked the community to stay clear of the area as they gather more details.

“Nearby schools have been placed on lockdown as a precaution and a person of interest has been identified,” they said. “Please be patient as we work to obtain more details and information as it relates to this ongoing situation.”

Video from the area shows heavily armed police monitoring the area as the lights from police cruisers flashed around the industrial plant. Schools in the area were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Authorities also shut down a local gas station and told Dion Spencer, one of the station’s employees, to stay inside.

“All I know was there was a lot of them out here,” Spencer said of the police presence in the area.

Conyers is a suburban area in Georgia located about 25 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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