Eastern Ill. employee shoots boss, kills self

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 7:37 a.m. CDT

WESTVILLE — A longtime eastern Illinois chemical plant employee shot his company's CEO during a performance evaluation, before committing suicide when he turned a handgun on himself.

Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn says the shooting at DynaChem Inc. took place Thursday afternoon.

Hartshorn says DynaChem president and CEO Keith Rife was hospitalized for gunshot wounds to his head and hip. His injuries aren't considered life-threatening.

Investigators say the employee worked for DynaChem for more than two decades. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hartshorn says authorities are still investigating what prompted the attack, which they say happened behind closed doors. He says "all we know is something went wrong in the performance evaluation."

DynaChem is a privately held industrial chemical maker about 30 miles from Champaign. It has about 50 employees.

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