Local 551 told its members that counseling would be available starting on Sunday. UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, in a statement posted on Facebook, said he was saddened by the shooting and asked workers to “unite around our brothers and sisters at UAW Local 551 and the surrounding community.”
The incident occurred during a particularly violent stretch for Chicago. Shootings in the city are up 50 percent this year, and the Chicago Sun Times reported that shootings around the city overnight Friday killed four people and injured 18. The Ford plant is on the city’s south side, where much of the violence has occurred.
The plant, which employs about 4,200 people, produces the Lincoln MKS, Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer, according to Ford's website.