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Tennessee man threatened to shoot co-workers but his gun malfunctioned, police say

Tennessee man threatened to shoot co-workers but his gun malfunctioned, police say

Tennessee man threatened to shoot co-workers but his gun malfunctioned, police say

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A Tennessee man pointed a gun at his co-workers inside a Chattanooga office building Monday and pulled the trigger, but the gun malfunctioned and did not fire, witnesses told police.

Several people called Chattanooga police Monday afternoon saying a person with a gun was shooting inside an office building.

The suspect was later identified as John Schultz, 67, an employee of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Office, according to a Tuesday police news release. Schultz was found dead inside the building after shooting himself with a second firearm, police said. No other people were injured.

In an interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Ron Drumeller, executive director of the Office of Air Pollution Control, told the newspaper that he was one of Schultz’s targets.

Schultz entered Drumeller’s office Monday afternoon along with Amber Boles, the agency’s chief operating officer, Drumeller told the newspaper. Schultz then closed the door and left a bag.

“He started talking about how upset he had been for the last few years and the things that had been bothering him…” Drumeller told the newspaper. “And then he pulled out two guns, one pointed at Amber and one at me.”

Boles began yelling and other employees walked down the hallway toward the office, Drumeller said.

“Once he knew that, he grabbed one of the guns, walked up to me and wanted to shoot me,” Drumeller told the newspaper. “He failed several times, thank God.”

At that point, Drumeller said he pushed Schultz and ran for his life.

The situation caused several nearby businesses, including the Hamilton Place shopping center, to close for about 90 minutes. The police investigation is ongoing.