LEAR SHOOTING: SECURITY MEASURES TO BE IMPLEMENTED AFTER SHOOTING

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It’s been less than 48 hours since Shanina Smith was shot and killed inside Lear Corporation’s Tuscaloosa County plant. Now, different security measures are being taken to hopefully prevent something like this from happening again.

Smith, 26, was working on the plant’s assembly line when investigators say she was shot and killed by her co-worker Angela Mayo Sunday night. There is no word on a permanent change in the security plan at Lear, but some changes have already been made.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">REMEMBERING SHANINA: We traveled to Greensboro today, where Shanina Smith’s mother Regina invited us into her home to tell us about her daughter and how Shae will be remembered. Smith was shot and killed by a co-worker while at at Lear Corporation in Tuscaloosa County Sunday. <a href="https://t.co/ihUaVjkbh4">pic.twitter.com/ihUaVjkbh4</a></p>
<p>— Chelsea Barton (@ChelseaBarton_) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChelseaBarton_/status/1158458376197758977?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 5, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

Investigators say the two had a history of disagreements. Several other employees witnessed the murder.

“To our knowledge, we have never had any other incidents at the Lear plant,” Tuscaloosa County Chief Deputy Byron Waid said.

Even though this appears to be an isolated incident, an updated security plan has been implemented since the tragedy. Before Sunday, there was not around-the-clock security at Lear corporation, but now there is.

“Well, obviously, those employees are just trying to make a living, and they shouldn’t have to fear going to work as part of that,” Waid said. “Hopefully, we can give them a little piece of mind, assist the plant officials and maintaining that security for them and giving them also that piece of mind as they try to provide for their employees and make sure they are able to continue production in a safe manner. ”

Waid said off-duty deputies have handled the security there during portions of the day in the past, through a company called Off Duty Management. Now, they are using this same company to make sure an off-duty deputy is working security 24/7. Lear pays ODM and ODM pays the deputies.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">GOING TO JAIL: Angela Nichole Mayo, 28, has been charged with murder after authorities say she shot a female co-worker multiple times while both were on duty Sunday night at Lear Corporation in Tuscaloosa County. The female victim has been identified as 27-year-old Shanina Smith. <a href="https://t.co/8ER7ICxx1l">pic.twitter.com/8ER7ICxx1l</a></p>
<p>— Chelsea Barton (@ChelseaBarton_) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChelseaBarton_/status/1158288532043116545?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 5, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone, not just those working in the automotive industry, to be alert and always say something if they see something.

WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton reached out to Lear Corporation for answers to questions like how the weapon got inside the plant and if they are thinking of installing metal detectors. So far, the response she’s gotten is that Lear is fully cooperating with the police and cannot release details on the investigation.

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<p lang="en" dir="ltr">LEAR STATEMENT- Lear Corporation has released this statement in response to the shooting that occurred at their Tuscaloosa County plant Sunday night. <a href="https://twitter.com/wvua23?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@wvua23</a> <a href="https://t.co/2O2rI4fjuD">pic.twitter.com/2O2rI4fjuD</a></p>
<p>— Chelsea Barton (@ChelseaBarton_) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChelseaBarton_/status/1158479077419999232?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 5, 2019</a></p></blockquote>”}}

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