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3 employees shot at Nashville Smile Direct Club warehouse; suspect shot by police

According to police, the call came in around 6 a.m. Tuesday.
TBI special agents and forensic scientists are working to independently investigate the incident.
TBI special agents and forensic scientists are working to independently investigate the incident.(MNPD)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 7:18 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 1:06 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Metro Nashville Police say they are investigating a shooting at Smile Direct Club warehouse in Antioch Tuesday morning.

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Nashville police say they're investigating an "active shooter" situation at Smile Direct Club warehouse in Antioch with multiple people shot

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According to police, the call came in around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the suspect fired shots inside and outside the business, striking three employees.

Metro police identified the victims as 46-year-old Johnny Hardin, a security guard, who remains in critical condition, 66-year-old Carlton Watson, a security guard, who is in stable condition and 54-year-old Thomass Abott, a manager, who was treated and released.

The suspect allegedly left the building after the incident. The suspect was spotted by officers at the intersection of Antioch Pike and Franklin Limestone Road. Police said the suspect was carrying a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine.

Officers demanded the suspect drop the gun, but authorities said he did not and, “was directing the gun at officers.”

The suspect was shot by officers, according to MNPD. Police identified the suspect as Antonio D. King. According to police, King was a day shift employee who began working at the facility in June. Investigators said King walked in just before the shift change and, “for whatever reason,” opened fire. Police said it appears King acted alone and had no prior criminal past.

King was transported to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he later died.

TBI special agents and forensic scientists are working to independently investigate the incident.

Smile Direct Club released the following statement:

“Although SmileDirectClub is saddened at the shooting that took place at its manufacturing facilities this morning, the incident was contained quickly by security personnel on-site. The safety of our team members is a top priority for our company and we maintain strict security protocols and a no-weapons policy at all of our facilities. We are working with the local police as they investigate this matter.”

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