911 calls released following shooting at Cummins

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SEYMOUR, Ind. (WISH) — The Seymour Police Department has released audio of the 911 calls received following the murder-suicide at the Cummins Seymour Engine Plant.

On Thursday, 37-year-old Qing Chen killed his supervisor, 49-year-old Ward Edwards, in a second floor meeting room.

Police have not released the motive behind the murder.

In 911 calls released Monday, calls detailing the initial response and confusion regarding the shooting.

“We have an active shooter situation,” said one caller.

Some callers were unsure if Chen was in the building at the time of the call, with dispatchers relaying that information.

“We have two injured people in the upstairs conference room,” said another caller.

“Where are you, sir? Is everybody out?” asked the dispatcher. “Just stay on the phone with me, okay?”

One caller was aware that two people were shot, but was unaware that the two were Edwards and Chen.

On Saturday, Edwards’ family released a statement, saying in part:

Ward Ray Edwards II was a hard-working, loyal family man devoted to his wife and children.  His quiet, kind, and gentle spirit will always be remembered and cherished.  He was a thoughtful and considerate man and for that, he will remain in the hearts of those who knew him.”

WISH-TV’s partners at The Seymour Tribune said workers returned Monday, but not at the building were the murder occurred.


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