2 utilities pull workers after shooting

ST. LOUIS (AP) The Latest on the fatal shooting of two utility workers in St. Louis (all times local):

4 p.m.

Two St. Louis-based utility companies have now pulled workers off the streets after two Laclede Gas Co. workers were fatally shot on the city's west side.

Both Laclede Gas and the electric utility Ameren Missouri brought in all non-emergency workers Thursday following the shooting. Laclede says the move was made as a precaution. Ameren Missouri Senior Vice President Mark Birk also cited a precaution in bringing all crews in St. Louis back to an operations center.

Police say two male Laclede Gas employees were working in a western St. Louis neighborhood around 11:15 a.m. Thursday when a man walked up and shot both of them before turning the gun on himself. Their names have not been released.

A motive is not known.

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3:15 p.m.

Laclede Gas Co. has pulled all of its workers off the streets except for emergencies following the fatal shooting of two workers in St. Louis.

The company says it decided to pull the workers for the rest of the day as a precaution.

Police say two male employees were working in a western St. Louis neighborhood around 11:15 a.m. Thursday when a man walked up and shot both of them before turning the gun on himself. Their names have not been released.

A motive is not known.

Laclede Gas says in a statement that the company is "shocked and grieving," and working with police.

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2 p.m.

The St. Louis natural gas company Laclede Gas says it is "heartbroken" after two employees were killed in what police believe was a random shooting.

Police say two male employees were working in a western St. Louis neighborhood around 11:15 a.m. Thursday when a man walked up and shot both of them before turning the gun on himself. Their names have not been released.

A motive is not known.

Laclede Gas says in a statement that the company is "shocked and grieving," and working with police.

St. Louis has one of the nation's highest murder rates, and new Mayor Lyda Krewson, who took office this week, has pledged to make fighting violence one of her top priorities.

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1:30 p.m.

St. Louis police say a gunman has opened fire on two utility workers, killing both of them, before fatally shooting himself.

The shooting happened around 11:15 a.m. Thursday on the western edge of the city. Police say it's unclear why the gunman shot two Laclede Gas employees working in residential neighborhood.

Names of the victims and the shooter have not been released. Authorities say one worker was in his 20s, the other in his 50s.

Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson says the victims were working when the suspect "walked up and started shooting at them before turning the gun on himself."

Laclede Gas is a natural gas distribution utility that serves the St. Louis area and portions of southeast Missouri. Messages seeking comment from the company were not immediately returned.

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