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January 08, 2013
INDEPENDENCE -- Forest River's cargo division plant in Independence was shut down on Friday after a mass shooting threat was discovered, Independence Police said.
Company officials found a hand-written letter in an office at 7 a.m. that "basically stated `People are going to die today, I'll shoot you all' and other things," said Independence Police Chief Vern Wells.
"There are no good suspects right now," Wells said. "But we're processing the note for evidence ... the investigation continues and we have a couple of leads."
Plant managers sent Forest River's employees home after officers arrived to search the building. No weapons or other evidence were found.
"There are so many people there, we decided that it was best to clear it out to eliminate the threat," Wells said.
"Some of the employees thought (the situation) was silly, but they felt it was an appropriate action for the company to take, just in case."
Independence Police has received reports of bogus threats of violence at area schools during recent years, but nothing that warranted an evacuation, Wells said.
"I can't remember when we've had a written threat at a business, but it's unusual and that's why we took it seriously," he said. "With the recent (mass shootings) in the United States, you have to use caution."
Forest River reopened Monday.