Man fires shots in Fountain Inn plant, 2 hurt, say reports

David Jerome Butler
David Jerome Butler

FOUNTAIN INN, SC – (WSPA) – Laurens Co. deputies say they are looking for a man Friday who shot a gun inside a plant in Fountain Inn.

The scene outside Yanfeng Automotive Interiors on Friday (WSPA).

The incident happened at 5:43 a.m. Friday at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors at 101 International Boulevard in Fountain Inn.

Laurens Co. Sheriff Don Reynolds said there was a dispute between employees.

Two people have been hurt and was taken to the hospital.

The plant confirms there were shots fired in the plan.

Officials have not said if they were shot, but said he appears to have non life threatening injuries.

About 100 employees were evacuated. Normal operations have resumed.

David Jerome Butler
David Jerome Butler


SWAT searched the plant, but couldn’t find the suspect, David Jerome Butler, 42, of Cornerstone Ct., in Simpsonville.

He is described as 5’9″, 186 lbs.

He may be in a 2009 bluish green Ford Fusion with SC tags NKQ 993.

The sheriff said Butler had a gun and should be considered armed and dangerous.

The sheriff says Butler was a part-time employee at the plant and has a criminal record.


A State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check shows Butler has several convictions in his past.

He was sentenced to 25 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. He served 15 years before he was released in 2010.

Butler’s other convictions were for grand larceny, possession with intent to distribute crack and criminal domestic violence.

Butler was also ticketed in Greenville in April for his part in promoting the “Lucky Charm Male Review”. The event involved male dancers that would have required a permit for a sexually oriented business, which they did not have. Butler was released on good behavior and required to pay $200.

Jacqueline Goodman, wife of David Butler
Jacqueline Goodman, wife of David Butler

Investigators executed a search warrant on his wife’s house.

Jacqueline Goodman says Butler isn’t violent.

“I want him to come home and so we can talk to the right people to get it taken care of, so they can hear your side of what happened, so that all that so all the other stuff that’s on TV won’t make you look like you’re the worst person in the world, because he’s not,” said Goodman.

She says he is driving her mint green Ford Fusion.

Investigators told her Butler was pinged in Columbia.


A spokeswoman for Greenville County Schools said Fountain Inn Elementary and Simpsonville Elementary were put on partial lockdown for much of the morning on the advice of law enforcement.

The lockdowns for those two schools were lifted as of 11:20 am.


Yanfeng says they have resumed production and employees should report to work.

The plant is located near the Greenville County line.

Yanfeng supplies BMW with interior components for multiple models built by the automaker. Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is based in Shanghai with more than 100 manufacturing and technical centers in 17 countries.

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