An employee at a Lear Corp. seating plant near Brookwood, Ala., was charged Monday with murder following a shooting at the factory Sunday night, police told Automotive News.
Angela Mayo, 28, fled the scene but turned herself in "very quickly," said Lt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Police said 27-year-old Shanina Smith was shot multiple times near the assembly line.
Kennedy said a call came in about the shooting at 8:39 p.m. CDT Sunday, and police arrived at 8:45. Kennedy was informed around 9:10 p.m. that Mayo had turned herself in to the Tuscaloosa city police department, he said.
He said Mayo and Smith worked on the assembly line.
"We're still investigating the motive," Kennedy said, "but apparently there was a history of some type of verbal arguments between them."
WVTM-TV reported the plant delayed opening to employees until 9:30 a.m.
“We can confirm that one of our employees, Shanina Smith, was fatally shot at our Tuscaloosa plant on Sunday evening and that local authorities have a suspect in custody,” a spokeswoman for Lear said in an emailed statement to Automotive News Monday. “We have been in contact with Shanina’s family and our hearts and prayers are with them on this truly tragic day. Additionally, we have engaged professional grief counselors who are now onsite and will remain as long as it takes to provide services to any employees who are in need. At this time, we have no further details regarding the circumstances surrounding the shooting and are fully cooperating with authorities. We ask that any further questions be directed to local law enforcement conducting the investigation.”
The station reported the plant makes seats for a nearby Mercedes-Benz factory.