Woman shot in neck and killed by sick co-worker whose advances were ‘rejected’

A 28-year-old woman was reportedly shot dead by a co-worker in the company car park after she had "repeatedly" rejected his advances.

Nicole Hammond, from the US state of Minnesota, lost her life outside the pair's St Cloud workplace after Jordan Carpenter, 36, fired a bullet into her neck.

The accused fled the scene before being found hiding in a nearby home with a handgun in his possession and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder.

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According to the Kansas City Star newspaper, Nicole had reportedly told the suspect on the day before her death that she did not want to be touched or manipulated by him.

She had also turned down romantic overtures made by Carpenter and pleaded for him "not to make things uncomfortable at work" during the month before her killing, while confessing to a friend in a text witnessed by police that Carpenter was mad with her.

Co-workers, meanwhile, were aware of the harassment and commented on Carpenter's "bad temper".

The suspect also admitted to officers that he was "upset" about Hammond’s rejection on the evening before her death.

But Carpenter's harassment was never reported back to the company he and Nicole were employed by called Dubow Textile, whose CEO Rob Dubow told television channel Fox 9: "Unfortunately, we had no idea.

"Anytime there is anything that requires our intervention we step in. But in this case, we had no indication that there was anything awry."

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Carpenter denies murder and claims that he was walking towards Nicole's car when he heard the gun being fired, allegedly telling officers that he fled the scene as he was "too traumatised" by the sight of her body.

But the police pointed out: "He didn’t render aid, go to work, nor did he call 911."

Nicole was described as a "beautiful, smart, determined young woman" by one of her work supervisors.

"You deserved to live your best life but instead got your life taken from you," Savannah Shawn Townley posted on Facebook. "Our team is forever broken without you. Fly High Angel!"


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