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Bond set for $5 million for suspected shooter who worked as temp employee at WeatherTech facility

Suspected shooter was temp employee at WeatherTech facility; 1 victim dead, 1 critcially wounded
Suspected shooter was temp employee at WeatherTech facility; 1 victim dead, 1 critcially wounded 02:45

BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (CBS) -- Bond is set for $5 million for the man who shot and killed one worker, and critically wounded another at the WeatherTech facility in Bolingbrook Saturday morning. 

Police said around 6:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to WeatherTech Way for reports of a person shot. 

Police confirmed one person has been pronounced dead, another is in critical condition, and a third victim has been released from the hospital.  

The alleged shooter, who police have identified as Charles C. McKnight Jr, of Chicago, fled the building but was located at the back of a home in the 500 block of Larkspur Lane and taken into custody at approximately 9:26 am. Police also recovered a handgun. 

Police say the preliminary investigation indicated that near the end of the overnight shift, employees at WeatherTech confronted McKnight for allegedly robbing two coworkers -- stealing a watch and a wallet at gunpoint. This started an argument that led to the shooting, which police say does not appear to be premeditated. 

Upon his arrest, police found McKnight to have the items from the robbery. 

The victims are all WeatherTech employees. The victim who died has been identified as Central Hightower, 37, from Plainfield, Illinois. The victim who is in critical condition is a 25-year-old man and one of the earlier robbery victims, police said. The third victim is a 43-year-old man. 

McKnight was with a temporary employment agency, police said. He has been assigned to the WeatherTech facility since June 9. 

McKnight was transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility Saturday night. He appeared in bond court Sunday where it was set for $5 million.

Sen. Eric Mattson (D-IL) issued the following statement on the shooting:

"My heart goes out to the victims and their families, and I pray that the three people who've been shot will recover. While much remains to be learned about the perpetrator, what's clear is that this individual should not have had a gun because they were not mentally fit to be a responsible gun owner. We need real gun reform, and we need it now. Without taking action, we continue to put people and first responders at risk of devastation and tragedy."

Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL)  also responded, saying:

"Today, our community has been shattered by yet another act of senseless gun violence. Words cannot express the heartbreak the victims and their families are feeling right now. My thoughts are with them during these difficult times. This is a statement I had hoped I would never have to make again in my career. Just three years ago, a shooting at Henry Pratt in Aurora took five innocent lives and injured six police officers. Fourteen years ago, one of my first official acts as a Congressman was to attend memorial services for the victims of the NIU shootings in DeKalb. No one should have to worry about random gun violence while going about their normal lives, and we cannot accept this as a new reality. While the details are still developing, it's clear we owe a debt of gratitude to the law enforcement and first responders who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and rush into harm's way to protect innocent people."

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