ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – Sadness heartbroken, scared, confused. Those are several of the emotions people in the community said they’re feeling the day after a shooting at an Anderson County business.
Investigators said two employees were shot by a former employee Tuesday night at the Fränkische plant AM Ellison Road.
The suspected shooter was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Some said it was a moment of sheer terror.
Amid the chaos, Typsy Tavern manager Jessica Poore said their bar and grill became a safe haven for Fränkische employees.
“Two employees from Fränkische ran in the front door saying there was a shooting,” Poore said. “911 finally called our work phone and told us to shut everything down, that there was an active shooter, so we took protocol.”
David Newman said he was terrified for his friend.
“I don’t feel good about it. It sucks,” said Newman. “Especially knowing I had a friend in there last night.”
To get people away from the scene, authorities had everyone bused to NewSpring Church. Anderson County Emergency Management Director Josh Hawkins met them there.
“When we went in there, just the mood in there, everyone was in shock,” said Hawkins. “I think everyone was so shocked with what happened.”
He said his job was to check everyone for signs of injury.
“You don’t know what is going through people’s heads, so we’re looking for any sign of anxiety, any sign of an injury they didn’t realize they had gotten from the incident,” Hawkins said.
However, the main concern moving forward, he said, is the mental effect of the trauma.
“You’re not here alone, you’re not going through this alone,” Hawkins said. “We had some of the same with the family members at the reunification sight, because the goal of that was to get them reunified with their family members.”
Emergency management said every employee was able to reunite with family last night.
They had chaplains walking around making sure everyone was ok, also praying with employees if they asked for it.
Emergency management said NewSpring and their chaplains will continue to be available to help with the emotional and mental side of this tragedy.
Emergency management said none of the people checked at the church were injured.