The county sheriff’s office and the plant’s union said that Ford’s Kansas City assembly plant in Claycomo, Missouri, was evacuated on Tuesday evening following a report of a potential active shooter on the premises.
No deaths, injuries, or property damage were reported. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning that it might have been a “swatting call,” adding that its response team was now inside the factory looking for the threat’s origin.
Swatters attempt to deceive emergency services into dispatching police, typically a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, to the fictitious emergency.
According to the sheriff’s office, a guy called Ford’s safety and risk management team at around 5:20 pm local time and claimed to be armed with explosives, a rifle, and a revolver. He also stated that he had barricaded himself in the second-floor lavatory in the plant’s paint section.
Ford has evacuated the plant and stopped all operations, including for Tuesday’s night shift, the sheriff continued.
According to Ford’s website, the Kansas City assembly facility employs around 7,250 people.
A probable active shooter situation was being closely watched, according to the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.
Our information is that there is one person who is heavily armed inside the assembly facility, but prompt action by the union and plant leadership allowed the building to be cleared.
The statement added that there have been no complaints of workers being in danger and that there is currently a significant law enforcement presence at the plant.
A request for comment from Reuters was not immediately answered by Ford.