According to Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier, an FPL Foods employee, identified as Emanuel Jordan, 21, fired several shots outside the security gates at the business about 1:15 p.m.
Jordan, who worked at the facility, killed his wife, Tia Jordan, 40, then turned the gun on himself, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen.
Tia Jordan was not employed atFPL, according to a FPL Foodstatement.
“We are shocked and horrified by this terrible tragedy. We have provided and will continue to provide grief counseling to our employees. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims,” the statement said.
FPL Food is working with law enforcement, the statement said.
Authorities continue to investigate the deaths and have not released information on a possible motive. An autopsy is scheduled Friday.
Jordan has previous Richmond County charges of family violence, simple battery and theft by receiving stolen property from 2008 and a charge of possession of cocaine from 2009, according to law enforcement.
Tia Jordan’s death was the first homicide of 2012 in Richmond County.
According to its Web site, FPL Food “is the largest privately held beef provider in the Southeast.”