Three dead in shooting outside Monticello plant
Three people are dead in a shooting outside a furniture plant in Monticello.
Police responded to the report of a shooting in the parking lot of Jordan Manufacturing around 11:30 Tuesday morning. When they arrived, they found 42-year-old Israel Rogel lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound and a handgun near his body.
The officers then noticed a man and woman in a car in the parking lot suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The female victim, 43-year-old Delia Gonzalez was taken to IU Health White Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The male victim, 42-year-old Agustin Oliver, died at the scene.
Police have not released a motive for the shooting, but Eyewitness News has learned Gonzalez was the estranged wife of the alleged shooter and she had recently started a relationship with a co-worker at the plant.
Through a Spanish translator, witness and employee Maria Villagrana tells Eyewitness News that a man came to the plant Tuesday with a gift-type box, looking for his ex-wife. She said the man then went outside, stood behind a tree until seeing his ex-wife return to the plant in a car with her boyfriend.
"He says hello to them and then he says, 'What did you think?' And then just shoots her boyfriend and shot her and then shoots himself," Maria Villagrana told Eyewitness News through a translator.
A bouquet of white roses rests on the pavement where just hours earlier three lives ended.
"My uncle passed away and I came to take my pain out here because when I go home, I have to be tough for the family, for my mom," said Oliver's nephew Ruben Roque.
Roque said his uncle had two children, was a photographer and dancer.
"He was a great choreographer, he loved to dance, he always motivated me to follow his footsteps," Roque said.
"It's a tragedy to those individuals that are involved, it's a tragedy to their family members, it's a tragedy to the community in general," said White County Sheriff Patrick Shafer.
Police say they are not actively seeking other persons of interest in the shootings.