Woman, man killed in shooting at Cookeville factory; 1 injured

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - A woman reportedly took her own life after shooting two employees, killing one, at a Putnam County auto parts factory late Tuesday morning.

Cookeville police said it happened at the Ficosa building on Highlands Park Boulevard around 10:30 a.m.

According to witnesses, Angelique Deplae, 30, approached a car while Tyler Stults, 20, and Rebecca Crowley, 35, were sitting inside.

Deplae reportedly opened the driver's door and began firing a revolver before walking to the front of the car and taking her own life.

Stults was taken to a Nashville hospital where he died later Tuesday night.

Crowley was taken to a hospital in Chattanooga where she is last listed in stable condition. She is expected to recover from her injuries.

Police said their investigation found Deplae and Stults were in a prior domestic relationship. Authorities stressed it was an isolated incident.

"The community itself is not in any danger from any other threat relative to this particular incident," Maj. Carl Sells said.

Employees of the auto parts plant were devastated after learning two of their coworkers were shot.

Workers and law enforcement say they can't remember anything like this ever happening in the Cookeville area.

"They decided to lock down the building and just told everyone to stay inside," one employee told News 2. "I didn't know really what happened, just hearsay, you know. People saying what might have happened or what possibly happened… it's quite horrible, really."

Late Tuesday, Ficosa released a statement about the shooting, saying they, too, were devastated to hear of the "tragic event."

The company's president, Fred Zicard, continued, "The incident is currently under investigation and we're cooperating fully with the local police department. The safety of our employees is our highest priority at all times and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are impacted by the tragedy."

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