Philadelphia-area workplace shooting leaves two dead, three wounded

By Rich McKay

(Reuters) -A disgruntled former employee killed two people and wounded at least three others on Wednesday morning at a linen supply business near Philadelphia, authorities said.

A man entered Delaware County Linen in Chester, Pennsylvania, at about 9 a.m. (1300 GMT) and began shooting, Chester Police Commissioner Steve Gretsky said at a briefing. The company supplies linen rentals and laundry services to hotels and restaurants, according to its website.

The alleged shooter was later taken into custody in a nearby community as he tried to flee, police said. There was no other information available on the suspect.

"It's a workplace shooting incident," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer. The shooter, who he said was armed with a pistol, "took out his anger on five employees."

One of the survivors was in critical condition, he said. The conditions of the other two were not available.

Chester Mayor Stefan Roots said at a news conference that a former supervisor of the man was among those shot.

"Gun violence, workplace violence should not be tolerated anywhere in America," Roots said. "And we hate to be at its epicenter today."

(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Franklin Paul and Jonathan Oatis)