BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Gunfire erupted at two industrial plants Friday, leaving one man dead, another wounded and two of their co-workers in custody.
There was no known link between the shootings.
Television reports said the death at Dravo Lime Inc. followed an argument between two men over a pack of cigarettes, but police said they were still investigating the motive.
Kenneth Ray Cohill, 40, died after being shot in the chest with a small-caliber handgun inside a dressing area. Co-worker Cecil Shields, 50, of Alabaster was charged with murder after being stopped in his car a few miles from the plant, police said. He was jailed with bond set at $50,000.
The plant is about 30 miles south of Birmingham.
About 35 miles away in St. Clair County, police said a man who lost his job opened fire on a supervisor at Trans-Cycle Industries. The victim was in stable condition in hospital.
James Ronald Roberson, 61, was charged with attempted murder in the wounding of Doug Church, Trans-Cycle's plant superintendent. Roberson had been fired 30 minutes before the shooting.
Police said Roberson changed clothes, left the building and returned with a .38-caliber revolver, shooting three times and hitting Church once.
Roberson was asked to leave a meeting Thursday where he tried to raise concerns about his pay during a discussion about plant safety, police said.
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