MORAIN – The DMX manufacturing plant in Moraine was closed Friday after a shooting Thursday night.
News Center 7 on Friday said the shooting was related to a domestic dispute between two male employees and a female employee.
Although targeted, this workplace shooting could have a lasting impact on hundreds of DMX workers.
News Center 7’s Brandon Lewis spoke with a clinical psychologist about what employees can do to cope.
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The scene was mostly calm on Friday night but the question is how the workers will feel when the plant reopens.
“Some workers don’t feel safe going back to that building,” said Dr. Kathy Platnoy, a clinical psychologist. “That’s why access to mental health services is so important.”
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Lewis said Moraine police believe two hundred workers were at the DMX manufacturing plant at the time of the shooting. They heard gunshots, including Brian Smith, and ran.
“To experience something like that, it’s nerve-wracking,” he said. “It scares you.”
Platoni explained what Smith and the other workers were going through.
“People normally experience shock, shock, sadness, frustration, anger, rage, sadness, shock, this shouldn’t happen, it’s never going to happen, that’s what we all think,” she told Lewis.
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Platoni says when a workplace shooting occurs, the employee should seek mental health services.
“No one is going to get out of this unscathed, unfortunately,” she said.
Platoni also told Lewis that workers could do some work on their own.
“Self-care is one of the first and most important things you can do to take care of yourself, to establish a routine, to talk to trusted family and friends and colleagues,” she says. “Don’t be alone in this. You can’t brush off something like that. Trauma is very memorable.”
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Platoni told Lewis that it might take a while for some workers to feel comfortable reentering the DMX factory, and that if people saw something, it was important.
“I think we live in such a dangerous culture. We’ve had more mass shootings this year than any other year. I think we all need to be aware of the ways violence works and look for signs that people aren’t acting like they normally would,” she said. They will be angry. That should be reported up the chain of command, and we should take all concerns seriously.
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Louis DeMax said it has canceled production until further notice and there is no word yet on when the plant will reopen.
News Center 7 will continue to provide updates on this developing story.