Two Dead in Cummins Shooting; Names Released

Two Dead in Cummins Shooting; Names Released


Seymour police have identified the two men killed yesterday morning at the Cummins Engine Plant in Seymour as Ward R. Edwards, 49, of Columbus, and Qing Chen, 37, of Seymour, according to a press release from the Seymour Police Department.

Investigators have learned that Edwards was Chen’s direct supervisor, police said. Chen is the suspected shooter.

Both men were found dead around 8:45 a.m. Thursday by officers in room N231, located on the second floor of the Cummins Technical Center.

A large police presence flooded the area of the center and the adjacent Seymour Engine Plant, and area businesses and schools went into lockdown.


A 9mm Glock handgun was recovered at the scene, police said. Search warrants have been served on both Edwards’ and Chen’s vehicles.

A warrant also is being served on Chen’s Seymour apartment.

“The background investigation will be continuing with the full cooperation of Cummins and their employees,” said Seymour police in a statement. “We want to thank all of the Cummins employees for their assistance in this case, as well as several law enforcement agencies.”

Autopsies for both men will take place Friday morning in Louisville, Ky.

The shooting remains under investigation.