Clay County authorities identified the 26-year-old autoworker shot to death during a shift change early Thursday at the Ford Claycomo plant as Brandon G. Nunnally.
The Kansas City resident was found dead in the parking lot shortly after 4 a.m., said Capt. Will Akin with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators think the gunman approached Nunnally, who had just completed his shift, and shot him. Other employees were present. The gunman was not a current Ford employee, according to authorities.
Akin said the sheriff’s department is following multiple leads, and also said officials didn’t think the shooter was a danger to others.
He said deputies are working closely with Ford plant officials.
“We definitely have some solid leads,” Akin said. “As with any incident, we’re tracking this guy down.”
The sheriff’s office had a person of interest in custody Thursday evening, a spokesman said. No other details were immediately available.
Grief counselors were made available at the plant Thursday, said Mike Moran, a Ford Motor Co. spokesman.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to our employee’s family and loved ones,” Moran said.
The company has set up an informational phone number: 800-603-FORD.
The shooting is the 102nd homicide in the metro area this year, and it is the first reported in Claycomo.