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Police: 1 in custody after shots fired at Foster Farms plant in Oregon

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CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A man opened fire with a handgun Thursday morning at a corndog manufacturing plant in Corvallis before surrendering to police.

Nobody was injured, said Corvallis Police Capt. Nick Hurley. Nearby businesses were placed on lockdown and authorities advised people to avoid the area.

Hurley told reporters that police responded to a report shortly after 8 a.m. of a man with a handgun making threats and firing shots at a Foster Farms processing plant. The employees quickly fled the building. As an Oregon State Police SWAT team was assembling, the suspect exited the facility and surrendered, Hurley said.

"At this point we have one in custody, but we have not yet cleared the building," Hurley said.

Police didn't immediately release the suspect's name. Authorities - including a bomb response team - continued a sweep of the building.

"The safety of our employees is our highest priority and Foster Farms will provide counseling and support services to its Corvallis employees," said Ira Brill, director of communications at Foster Farms. "We are thankful this incident was concluded without harm to our employees or the greater community."

Corvallis is city of about 54,000 people located approximately 80 miles south of Portland. The incident took place just miles away from Oregon State University.

Parker Kleutsch works as a cashier at a Napa Auto Parts store next to the crime scene. He said it was his day off, but he drove over once he heard the news of a possible shooting.

"It's definitely unusual," Kleutsch said. "This is usually a calm town, not a lot of exciting things happen except for an out of control frat party every once in a while."

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