Man shoots co-workers

By Rick Callahan The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS – A man shot and wounded four co-workers yesterday at a factory that employs disabled people, telling police he did it “over respect,” authorities said.

Two men and two women were taken to hospitals with injuries not considered life-threatening, Lt. Douglas Scheffel said.

Jason Burnam, 24, was arrested inside the company cafeteria, where he was standing with a .380-caliber handgun next to a vending machine, Police Chief Michael Spears said.

Burnam told officers he had targeted the victims and said “it was over respect,” Scheffel said. Police did not elaborate.

“There was some type of confrontation that was brewing all week, and it just came to a head and he got fed up and started shooting people,” Scheffel said.

Burnam was charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count of carrying a handgun without a license.

Burnam’s mother, Judy Burnam, said that her son was taking medication for bipolar disorder and that he had told her he was being teased at work. She advised him to ignore the teasing and said he seemed fine when she dropped him off for work in the morning.

“I thought he was getting past it,” she said.