Mueller releases statement on incident at Albertville facility

Two people were killed and an additional two injured last Tuesday after a shooting at a Mueller Water Products manufacturing facility in Albertville, Alabama. A fifth person, who was later identified as the shooter, was found dead of apparent suicide.

All five people involved in the June 15 incident, including the shooter who police identified as a 34-year-old male from nearby DeKalb County, were employees at Mueller. Police said no motive has been determined yet.

Albertville is a small city in northeast Alabama, about an hour southeast of Huntsville in Marshall County. According to local news reports and comments from the mayor, Albertville has become known as the ‘Fire Hydrant Capital of the World’ due to Mueller’s longtime presence in the city and production of hydrants. Albertville’s industrial area where the shooting took place also includes manufacturing operations for other major brands.

Mueller, one of the oldest manufacturing companies in the U.S. waterworks industry, released a statement last week:

Mueller Water Products continues to be shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that occurred at our Albertville, Alabama facility. The Albertville facility will remain closed for the rest of this week, as our entire focus is on the health and well-being of the victims, their families and our employees. We are committed to providing any and all support to them and their families.

Operations at the facility will resume on Monday, June 21, 2021. We continue to work closely with law enforcement, with whom we share our deepest gratitude for their support.

Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea posted on the city’s Facebook page:

“Our hearts are broken over the senseless tragedy that has taken place at Mueller Company in Albertville. Mueller has been an integral part of the lifeblood and workforce of this city for just shy of 50 years. Thanks to them, Albertville is not only, the “Heart of Sand Mountain,” but is also proudly known as, the “Fire Hydrant Capital of the World.” They are dedicated, important partners of this community and we hurt with them today. On behalf of myself, our administration and staff of the City of Albertville, I would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, well wishes to those injured, and our thoughts and prayers to the entire Mueller team, both here in Albertville, across the United States, and abroad. I’d also like to thank our Chief of Police, Jamie Smith, the Albertville, Alabama Police DepartmentAlbertville Fire & Rescue, and all assisting agencies for their help today, and for the outstanding work they do day in and day out for our city and Marshall County, alike. They are all too often unsung heroes and we ask that you remember them during this time, as well.”

The tragedy in Albertville marks the second shooting at a Mueller manufacturing plant in 28 months after five people were killed in a February 2019 shooting at a Henry Pratt facility in Aurora, Illinois.

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