Three killed in shooting outside Monticello furniture business

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MONTICELLO, Ind. (Aug. 5, 2014)— Three people were killed in a shooting at a furniture business just south of Monticello late Tuesday morning.

The shootings happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot outside Jordan Manufacturing, located at 1200 South Sixth Street.

The White County Coroner's Office confirmed one woman and two men were fatally shot.

When officers arrived, they found a man dead and lying on the ground near a car in the parking lot.  Sheriff Patrick Shafer said the man suffered an apparent gunshot wound, and a handgun was found nearby.

The body of another man with apparent gunshot wounds was found in the driver's seat of that vehicle. A woman in the passenger's seat was transported to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The two men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The identities of the deceased are not being released at this time.

"Needless to say, it's a tragedy. It's a tragedy to those individuals who were involved. It's a tragedy to their family members," Shafer said. "It's a tragedy to the community in general."

Jordan Manufacturing tweeted they would be open Wednesday and counseling services would be available.

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  • Abby

    WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Three people are dead after a shooting at a White County business. One witness tells News 18 what happened inside Jordan Manufacturing.

    Authorities were called to Jordan Manufacturing, 1200 S. Sixth St., in Monticello on a report of shots fired late Tuesday morning. One witness, Maria Villagrana, told News 18 via her daughter, also named Maria Villagrana, what occurred inside the furniture manufacturing business.

    The shooter walked into the office here with a box wrapped like a present with a bow. He asked for his ex-wife. People working inside told him that his ex-wife was out for lunch. Maria said she was on her break outside talking on her phone.

    Maria saw the shooter hiding behind a tree next to the office. When the ex-wife and her boyfriend, who was driving, pulled into the parking lot Maria started to walk over to her to tell her that her ex-husband was there. That’s when the ex-husband walked up to the car.

    The vehicle’s windows were down and he said hello to them both and something like “what do you think?” Maria said he had a handgun in his hand, put his hand inside the car, shot the boyfriend, then his ex-wife, then himself.

    Maria said she started screaming and ran inside saying “they just got killed.” Maria said the ex-wife and her boyfriend met while working at Jordan.

    The ex-husband did not work there.

    Maria has known the ex-wife since February. Maria said normally she sits in her car while on the phone, but was trying to talk to the woman.

    Maria’s car was hit with one of the bullets. Maria said they thought the ex-husband was delivering flowers, but says she thinks that’s where the gun was hidden.

    White County Sheriff Pat Shafer told News 18 the ex-husband and the boyfriend died on the scene. The woman was taken to IU White Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

    Shafer said they are not releasing the names of persons involved at this time. He did confirm detectives found a box and a handgun on scene, but no further information has yet been released.

    News 18’s Holly Campbell will continue to follow this story and will have more information coming up live on News 18 at Five and Six.

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