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Update: Suspect and victims names released

By Rachel Folz

Update: Police have released the names and ages of the suspect and the victims in the shooting rampage that took place in Henderson, Kentucky at Atlantis Plastics.

The suspect was identified as Wesley Neal Higdon, 25, from Henderson.

Higdon is suspected of shooting and killing five people at Atlantis Plastics, then turning the gun on himself.

The first to be shot, according to police, was Higdon's supervisor Kevin G. Taylor, 30, of Dixon, Kentucky.

Also killed were Trisha Mirelez, 25, of Sebree, Kentucky, Rachel Vasquez, 26, also of Sebree, Joshua Hinojosa, 28, of Henderson and Israel Monroy, 29, also of Henderson.  Monroy's sister, Noelia Monroy, 22, is in stable condition at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.  She suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say they believe Higdon targeted two men in the rampage. His supervisor, Taylor, and Hinojosa.  Police say Higdon and Hinojosa were in an argument hours before the shooting took place.

Previously: HENDERSON, Ky (WFIE)-Police say a Henderson man killed five co-workers before turning the gun on himself. It happened just after midnight on Wednesday at Atlantis Plastics in Henderson, Kentucky.

Police said the gunman, whose name has not yet been released, had an argument with a supervisor.

The gunman then went on lunch break.  Police said he brought back a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Witnesses told 14 News that they heard a shot come from outside the plant.  The alleged gunman then came inside the plant and began shooting at random.

Four of the victims were shot in the break room.

The gunman then shot himself.

There were 34 employees in the building at the time of the shooting.

One other person is injured.  They are being treated at an Evansville hospital.

Police have surveillance video of the shooting but they are not releasing it at this time.

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield released this statement:

"As we continue to learn new details about the tragedy that unfolded this morning in Henderson, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends and colleagues of all who were lost.

The Henderson community is a strong one and while this morning's tragedy tests even the strongest faiths, I know the people of western Kentucky will be able to band together and, in time, heal from this senseless tragedy."

Update, WED 4:56 AM: Five people are dead after a shooting at a Henderson plastics factory. 

Witnesses tell 14 News that the alleged shooter had an argument with a supervisor at Atlantis Plastics.  He then left the plant. 

When he came back, they say he shot the supervisor, walked in the plant and began shooting the other employees.

Witnesses say the shooting took place in multiple parts of the building. 

Police say one of the five dead is the alleged shooter.

Two other people were injured.  They are being treated at Evansville hospitals.

Update, WED 4:06 AM: Police tell 14 News that there are now five people dead.  One of them is the shooter.

Police have just released that two people are being treated at Evansville hospitals.

Update, WED 3:39 AM: Police tell 14 News that the shooting took place in multiple rooms of the plant.  Two people were injured and five people are dead.

One is apparently the shooter.

Update, WED 3:13 AM: Henderson police tell 14 News that five people are dead in the Atlantis Plastics plant. 

One of them is believed to be the shooter. 

Police say the shooter may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Update, WED 3:07 AM: 14 News has confirmed that two people were injured in the Atlantis shooting.

They were taken to Evansville hospitals.

Update, WED 2:06 AM: Police and emergency vehicles are on the scene at a Henderson plastics plant.

Lt. David Piller with Henderson City Police says one gunman, apparently an employee, entered Atlantis Plastics on 390 Community Drive around 12:30 Wednesday morning and started shooting.

There are multiple victims, and several of them are being taken to area hospitals.

The gunman is still inside the building but police say he no longer poses any danger.

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