WATCH REPLAY: Roanoke police release identity of FreightCar America shooter

Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 10:21 AM EDT
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The man who shot and killed a person and shot three others at FreightCar America has been identified as 53-year-old Getachew Fekede from Kenya.

Police say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot would.

Three other employees were shot. One of them has been released from the hospital.

Roanoke police say around 10 rounds were fired from a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

Fekede last worked at FreightCar America in March. He arrived at the building by bicycle, police say.

Fekede came to Virginia in 2011 as part of a refugee program.

Police believe the attack was an isolated attack.

Chicago-based FreightCar America opened the facility in 2005 on land leased from Norfolk Southern. It builds railroad cars at the site and has other manufacturing facilities in Cherokee, Alabama, and Danville, Illinois.


Roanoke police will give a media briefing on the FreightCar America shooting on Tuesday morning.

It's scheduled for 3 p.m. WDBJ7 is planning to live stream that briefing and air it live on TV.

Two people are dead, including the shooter. Three others are hurt, one critically.

The shooter killed himself. No officers fired any shots during the incident.

Police say there is no reason to believe there is a threat to the public at this time. Authorities have been sweeping the area for possible explosive devices out of precaution.

To watch the live stream, see the player below.

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