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Stabbing closes JNAP (update 2)

Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant, which produces the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, was shut down today due to a reportedly fatal stabbing in the morning. The plant, which has nearly three thousand employees,  is “on lockdown,” according to news reports.

The report was posted at Allpar at 9:10 am, and brief reports have been aired on local broadcast stations since. According to Allpar’s “Longtimejeep,” the victim has been confirmed dead, and arriving workers have been sent home.

11:20 am update: Both employees appear to be hourly workers, and the stabbing took place on the morning shift’s first break. The prime suspect appears to have been found on Belle Isle after attempting to (and possibly successfully) committing suicide using a gun. The police are investigating.

12:20 pm update: Detroit Police say the suspect in the fatal stabbing at JNAP has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sgt. Alan Quinn told reporters the police officers found the suspect’s body in a red Jeep Wrangler on Belle Isle.

More details of the incident have been released.

According to the Detroit News, a Chrysler worker said the victim walked up to the suspect, whispered something into his ear and then the suspect stabbed him before jumping on a bloody forklift.

Workers said the suspect had been previously fired for fighting inside the plant but had regained employment there.

Chrysler Group released a statement a few hours after the fatal stabbing.

“Chrysler Group is deeply saddened by events that occurred at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant this morning. Two employees were involved in an altercation inside the plant. One employee was stabbed and unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene.

“The Detroit Police Department is currently investigating. Production has been suspended for this morning and employees are being released.”

Chrysler will hold a press conference at 1:00 pm (Eastern) to provide details.

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?


In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval


San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?


NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma


Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

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