At least 2 People Killed, 3 Wounded in Pa. 'Workplace Shooting'

May 22, 2024
A former employee at a family-owned linen shop in Chester was arrested after he allegedly opened fire at the business, killing at least two people and wounding three others—one critically.

By Chris Mautner


At least two people have been killed and three others injured in a shooting at a family-owned Delaware County business.

The incident occurred at Delaware County Linen, located in the 2600 block of West Fourth Street in Chester at about 8:30 a.m. today, as the business was getting ready to open, according to reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC10.

Chester Mayor Stefan Roots described the incident to the Inquirer as a “workplace shooting” but an exact motive is not yet known.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said during a press briefing that at least five people were shot and two of them had died. The other victims were sent to a hospital. One of them is listed in critical condition.

Stollsteimer added that the suspect, a former employee at the store, was in police custody. He was arrested in nearby Trainer after leaving the scene.

“This is a story that plays out too often across the United States of America,” he said during the briefing, according to NBC10. “A disgruntled employee has walked into a linen shop — the Delaware County Linen shop behind us — and shot five people, five coworkers.”

“This is a sad situation,” Chester Police Commissioner Steven Gretsky said to NBC10.

“I’m telling you it was insanity,” a worker at the industrial laundromat said in Spanish to the Inquirer. “I’m telling you if I hadn’t run… he was coming after everyone like crazy, I didn’t know where to go but he went straight after two guys.”

Other employees told the Inquirer that there were about 40-50 people working there this morning.

Delaware County Linen provides tablecloths, bed linens and other products to restaurants, country clubs, hotels and other business in Pennsylvania and several surrounding states.


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