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Woman Fatally Shot At Clinton Factory; Co-Worker In Custody

Posted November 26, 2003

— A man was in the Sampson County Jail Wednesday night, accused of killing a co-worker.

A woman was shot around 7 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Garland Shirt Factory in Clinton. The suspect ran away after the shooting, but then made it easy for police to apprehend him.

Just hours after the deadly shooting, Sean Moore was arrested. Before being taken to jail, he told the victim he loved her as his family and friends consoled one another.

According to police, Moore and the victim worked together at the plant. They were sitting in her car when Moore allegedly pulled the trigger.

"No life should be taken, regardless of the situation," Moore told WRAL on his way to jail.

After the shooting, Moore apparently took off along U.S. 701. He then called 911 and turned himself in.

"That's what the officer told me would be the best thing," Moore said.

When asked how he felt Wednesday, Moore said: "Like somebody ripped my guts out."

As Moore went off to face the situation, his family stayed behind to face the facts.

Some hoped he is innocent. Others assumed he is not.

"We are sorry, the whole family is sorry for the family of the life that my uncle has taken," a family spokesperson said. "There's nothing that we can say that can bring her back, but we are sorry."

In addition to working at the shirt factory, Moore was a captain with the Garland Fire Department. He was being held in jail without bond.

Police were not discussing a motive Wednesday.

Since 1986, there have been 31 workplace shootings in the country.

Other than Wednesday's shooting in Clinton, the most recent was Nov. 6. A man with two handguns opened fire at a trucking company in Ohio, killing two employees and injuring three others. Police caught the former employee, after he fled to an Indiana truck stop.


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