In the third shooting at a Michigan auto factory since September, an employee opened fire in a Ford Motor Co. plant Saturday, wounding his estranged wife, then killing her boyfriend and himself.
“I just heard shooting, just shooting. Most women started hitting the floor. The bosses said, ‘Get out of here!”’ Maureen Webster said. “This is like family 12 hours a day, and we never thought it would happen here.”
About half an hour after the early shift began work at the plant west of Detroit, 43-year-old Michael Brattin found his wife of 16 years and shot her in the legs and stomach, officials said.
When Sandra Brattin’s boyfriend, 41-year-old Michael O’Brien, came to her aid, Brattin shot him, too - three times in the chest with a handgun he’d bought just three days earlier.
When Brattin turned the gun on other approaching workers, they backed off. Then he shot himself in the head. Brattin and O’Brien died about an hour later.
Sandra Brattin, 39, was in fair condition. She and her husband were getting a divorce.
Everyone at the Plymouth Township plant was sent home, but Ford planned to reopen all of the factory, except the area where the shooting occurred, for the afternoon shift. Workers were receiving counseling, Carroll said.