Kraft mechanic honored as hero after shooting

    Yvonne Hiller is in custody and accused of murder in the shooting of two former co-workers.

    A 43-year-old woman is being charged with murder for killing two coworkers Thursday night. Police say Yvonne Hiller, a 15 year veteran of the Kraft Plant in Northeast Philadelphia, shot her colleagues after she was suspended from her job.

    Police say after Hiller was suspended she went to her car, forced her way back into the plant by pointing a gun at security, and headed directly for the mixing area where she worked.

    Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan says a mechanic at the Kraft plant took heroic actions. He called 911 and alerted other employees of the workplace rampage by yelling and using a walkie-talkie.

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    “By following the suspect at great peril to himself – and we could see that by the fact that he was shot at and almost hit – he reduced our tactical problem quite dramatically since we knew exactly where she was. If when we first arrive we had no idea where she was in the building. It would have further delayed our ability to conduct rescues and investigations.”

    Police say Hiller has a permit for the weapon, and no criminal record. They say just before the shooting, she argued with the same coworkers she killed.

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