Investigators searching for reasons behind shooting, suicide

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WESTVILLE -- Authorities are trying to piece together what caused a chemical plant worker in eastern Illinois to shoot his company's CEO during a job review.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn says Wayne Woodson, 65, of Georgetown killed himself Thursday after wounding his boss at DynaChem Inc. Hartshorn says DynaChem president and CEO Keith Rife was hospitalized for gunshot wounds to his head and hip, but his injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

Investigators say the Woodson worked as a chemist for DynaChem for more than two decades. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hartshorn says authorities are still investigating what prompted the attack, which they say happened behind closed doors. He says "all we know is something went wrong in the performance evaluation."

DynaChem is a privately held industrial chemical maker about 30 miles from Champaign. It has about 50 employees.

 

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