Local residents respond to Stanley Black & Decker shooting

JACKSON, Tenn. — The shooting outside Stanley Black & Decker shut down parts of north Jackson Thursday.

shooting“It was scary because this is the first time this ever happened to me,” Rachel Hill, a parent, said.

Hill rushed to the plant on Passmore Lane to check on her son who works inside. “It don’t make no sense for somebody to come up here and shoot up the place,” she said.

Police said the gunman shot several cars in the parking lot then took off in a cotton field across the street.

Brandon Pevahouse came up on the scene trying to get home. “I passed probably 15 to 20 cops,” he said.

Police shut down Passmore Lane for several hours to process evidence.

Pevahouse, who lives nearby, said the shooting does not surprise him. “The world’s going crazy,” he said. “I mean it’s happening every day. Ain’t nothing we can do about it.”

Hill finally got a hold of her son. “He said he was OK, doing fine,” she said. “They [were] fixing to get ready to go back to work.”

Jackson police, Madison County sheriff’s deputies, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals all responded Thursday.

A spokesperson for Stanley Black & Decker says the plant will close their second and third shifts Thursday and will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday.

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