Suspect shoots himself, coworker in parking lot of plant in Gaffney, sheriff says

Published: Mar. 1, 2023 at 8:07 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 1, 2023 at 1:08 PM EST
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GAFFNEY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation is underway after a shooting took place in the parking lot of a plant in Gaffney.

Deputies were called to the Timken plant located at 100 Timken Road. Upon arrival, deputies found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot along with a man who appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Aerial view of the TImken plant parking lot where a two people died in a shooting on...
Aerial view of the TImken plant parking lot where a two people died in a shooting on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.(Fox Carolina News)

Mueller said the man and woman were taken to the hospital where they both passed away.

The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as 47-year-old Myra Davidson of Gaffney and 55-year-old Dock Theodore Roosevelt Hopper of Gaffney.

The coroner said witnesses reported that Hopper arrived and approached Davidson when she showed up a few minutes later. He reportedly pulled out a handgun and fired several shots toward Davidson before turning the gun on himself, the coroner said.

Hopper and Davidson were then taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The sheriff said several Timken employees witnessed the shooting as they reported to work.

Deputies mentioned this was not a random act of violence. The shooter and victim knew each other and both worked at the Timken plant.

At this time, the Sheriff’s Office said there is no active threat to the plant staff or to the community. This is an active investigation.

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