- Three people were shot at a Smile Direct Club warehouse in Antioch, Tennessee, early Tuesday morning.
- Nashville police said the suspect opened fire during a shift change at the business.
- Police said an officer shot and killed the suspected gunman.
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Three workers were shot at a Smile Direct Club warehouse in Antioch, Tennessee, early Tuesday morning before the suspected gunman was shot and killed by police, authorities said.
The shooting occurred during a shift change around 6 a.m., according to Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron. At a press conference, Aaron said the suspect – who police said was a worker at the warehouse – used a Glock semi-automatic pistol with an “extended magazine” in the shooting.
“For whatever reason, the man opened fire,” Aaron said. Three workers were shot and hospitalized, he said; one worker is in critical condition.
Another female employee injured her ankle running from the shooting, Aaron said.
Aaron said officers confronted the suspected shooter outside the warehouse and ordered him to drop his gun. Aaron said the police officers shot the suspect after he pointed a gun at them.
The suspect was taken to a nearby medical center but died of his injuries, Aaron said. The police officers’ body cameras were activated at the time of the shooting and it will be investigated, he added.
Police have not publicly the wounded workers. The Metro Nashville Police Department said Tuesday morning the suspect was a 22-year-old man who began working at Smile Direct Club in June and had previously worked there from “late 2019 to early 2020.”
“It appears at present that the gunman acted alone,” police said.
WKRN reported a witness saying that she saw a man start firing a weapon and shoot out the front doors of the building.
A Smile Direct Club employee told WKRN’s Josh Breslow that the suspect “just asked everybody ‘why are you running? why are you running?’ He just started opening fire, spraying it, the whole building.”
-Josh Breslow (@JoshBreslowTN) August 3, 2021
Aerial footage of the warehouse after the shooting showed bullet holes and broken glass at an entrance.
-Rebecca Schleicher (@NC5_RSchleicher) August 3, 2021
Smile Direct Club said in a statement to Fox 17 News: “Although SmileDirectClub is saddened at the shooting that took place at its manufacturing facilities this morning, the incident was contained quickly by security personnel on site.
“The safety of our team members is a top priority for our Company and we maintain strict security protocols and no weapons policy at all of our facilities. We are working with the local police as they investigate this matter.”