Deadly shooting at workplace in Chester, Ill. – NBC10 Philadelphia

What you need to know

  • Chester police say two people were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting at a Delaware County linen company Wednesday morning.
  • “A disgruntled employee walked into a linen store — a Delaware County linen store behind us — and shot five people, five employees,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteiner said at a news conference at the scene.
  • Police arrested the suspected shooter at a nearby gym, authorities said.

A shooting at a family-owned linen business in Chester, Pennsylvania on Wednesday left at least two workers dead and three others injured on the job, Delaware County authorities said.

A ‘disgruntled’ employee opened fire at a Delaware County business

“This is a story that happens all too often in the United States of America,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteiner said at a morning press conference, calling the shooting an “absolute tragedy.” “A disgruntled employee walked into a linen store — a Delaware County linen store behind us — and shot five people, five employees.”

Officers were dispatched Delaware County Linens on West 4th Street — near Hayes Street — around 8:30 a.m., Delaware County dispatchers said. The family-owned company is a linen rental and laundry service that has been in business since 1988, according to its website. It primarily serves restaurants, country clubs, hotels and other businesses in Pennsylvania and some neighboring states.

Stoltsheimer said at least five people were shot and two died after reporting for duty. Investigators said the shooting happened inside and outside the business and a handgun was used.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” said Chester Police Commissioner Steven Gretzky.



A shooting at a family-owned linen business in Chester, Pennsylvania on Wednesday left at least two workers dead and three others injured on the job, Delaware County authorities said.

Chester officers transported one of the shooting victims to the hospital.

Stoltsheimer asked people to pray for the three injured in the hospital.

An employee who was inside the business at the time of the shooting told NBC10’s Rosemary Connors that the shooting was unexpected. Many people work early hours in business.

Stoltsheimer said that although the suspected shooter, an “angry” employee, had had problems with colleagues in the past, there were no signs of a shooting.

“It’s just a terrible tragedy that the whole community is going through right now,” Stollsteiner said.

The police arrested the suspected attacker in a nearby town

The suspected shooter — who works at the store — was taken into police custody, the DA said, noting there was no longer a threat.

Police from nearby Trainer, Pennsylvania, stopped the shooter’s car after a description of the suspect’s vehicle was released, Gretzky said.

A large police presence is expected to continue in the area as police from other departments said they would respond to the scene across the country.

Officers with firearms open the doors of the business minutes after the shooting.

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