Man in Jackson, Mo., wounds two Ameren workers and kills himself
By Patrick M. O'Connell
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Two AmerenUE workers were in stable condition Friday after being wounded by a gunman who opened fire on them without explanation in Jackson, Mo., and later killed himself.
It started about 9:30 a.m. near Interstate 55 and Highway 61-34 in Jackson, about 90 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Police Chief James Humphreys said five Ameren employees were working near a substation when the man drove up in a red Chevy S10 pickup, ordered two men down who were using bucket-truck lifts, opened fire with a shotgun and fled.
Authorities identified the shooter as Aaron C. Hemingway, 32, of Perryville, Mo.
"We don't know what his intentions were or why he did this," Humphreys said. "We're just as anxious as everyone else to find out why this guy did this."
It appeared that one worker was shot twice and the other once. They were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, police said. Both underwent surgery. The two are "doing OK" and are listed in stable condition, Humphreys said. Their names were not released.
Ameren spokeswoman Susan Gallagher referred questions to police.
Guided by a tip from a sanitation worker listening to a police scanner, officers surrounded Hemingway's truck on Ridge Road in the Bent Creek subdivision about 20 minutes after he shot at the Ameren workers. He shot himself with the same weapon, Humphreys said, and died at the scene.
Investigators do not believe Hemingway knew his targets or was ever employed by Ameren. Its president, Thomas R. Voss, said, "In my 40 years with Ameren, nothing like this has ever happened before."
While some residents of southeastern Missouri suffered lengthy power disruptions from a recent ice storm, Jackson and the area where Hemingway lived were not affected.