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Woman shot, suspect dead at Lafayette Subaru plant

Police said a man shot a woman with whom he had been in a relationship before apparently dying by suicide.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Police said a man shot and wounded a female co-worker at the Subaru plant in Lafayette Monday. 

The woman was identified as Mindy Donovan, 36, of Lafayette. Police said the suspect and she had been involved in a previous relationship. 

According to Lafayette Police, officers were called to the plant near Interstate 65 and State Road 38 around 4:15 p.m. on a report of a shooting. 

They found a woman, later identified as Donovan, who had been shot in the head. She was taken to the hospital to be treated for unspecified injuries, but police said she was conscious at the hospital. 

Donovan was later flown to an Indianapolis hospital, where she remains in critical condition, police said Tuesday. 

The suspect ran away immediately after the shooting.

"Shortly after the shooting, we located the suspect. We believe he took his own life, so there is no ongoing threat to the community," Lafayette Police Department Lt. Justin Hartman said.

The shooting happened outside of the building, police said, near the parking lot. The suspect's body was found near a pond on the east side of the property.

The Tippecanoe County coroner identified the suspect as 57-year-old John Jones, of Lafayette, and ruled his death a suicide from a gunshot wound.

Hartman said the shooting was apparently an "isolated incident between a couple of people" and that the company and its workers, in general, did not appear to be targeted by the shooting.

Parts of the plant were evacuated during the shooting, Hartman said, and other areas, including a day care facility, were locked down. Hartman said operations resumed as normal when the suspect was found. 

A spokesperson for Subaru told 13News the "all clear" was given about an hour after the shooting, but the plant's second shift was canceled due to the incident. Later, the plant announced the third shift Monday night and first shift on Tuesday had also been canceled. 

Indiana State Police told 13News traffic on I-65 was not impacted by the incident.


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