Amazon has reportedly told workers to keep working after a shooting at one of the company’s warehouses.
A “dispute” broke out between two people in the southern suburb of Matteson, Illinois on Tuesday morning. One person opened fire on another, hitting a vehicle; no injuries were reported.
It’s unclear if either the shooter or the victim are Amazon employees. Police have identified one person of interest but no arrests have been made.
It was also determined that this is not an active shooter incident. The information gathered “demonstrates that this is an isolated and targeted incident between two parties and poses no threat to the general public or within the Amazon facility,” reports NBC.
However, a screenshot of a text message from Amazon to its warehouse workers suggests the company expected workers to continue their shifts as usual. LatestPageNews could not independently verify the authenticity of the message.
“We appreciate your patience while we have worked with local authorities to do everything possible to ensure your safety. Your safety and well-being, and ensuring you continue to receive the support you need, are our top priorities,” read the message, published on Reddit.
“We continue to work with local authorities who have already confirmed that there is no current threat to your safety. As a precaution, we have increased on-site security resources as an additional safety precaution. We will be operating the night shift today as planned and will return to normal operations tomorrow.”
A follow-up message said Amazon was “working quickly to get a consultant on site as soon as possible.” Amazon has not commented on this LatestPageNews before the time of publication.
In a thread posted on Reddit sharing the news, an Amazon employee said the warehouse security was a “joke.”
It continues: “It’s so easy to hide a gun and just freak out when you get where you want to go. My biggest fear is getting caught in the middle of a gunfight (gun violence in Chicago is no joke) so to think this happened on my day off is terrifying.”
Amazon’s decisions regarding employee safety were called into question when a warehouse in Illinois collapsed in December 2021, killing six people. The girlfriend of one of the victims, Cherie Jones, quoted one of her friend Larry Virden’s texts – 16 minutes before the tornado hit the facility – and said Amazon forbids employees from leaving the facility.
“I got texts from him. He always tells me when he fills up the Amazon truck when he’s getting ready to go back… I said, ‘Okay, I love you.’ He’s like, ‘Well, Amazon won’t let me go until the storm is over,'” she said.
A screenshot of Mr Virden’s messages was shared by the More Perfect Union Twitter account.
“We are deeply saddened by the news that members of our Amazon family have died as a result of the storm in Edwardsville, IL,” Amazon said in a statement about the camp dead LatestPageNews back then.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and everyone affected by the tornado. We would also like to thank all first responders for their continued efforts on site. We continue to support our employees and partners in the region.”