The gunman in a deadly shooting spree at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Ill., where five employees were killed and five officers were wounded Friday, was set to be fired by the company, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters at a news conference Friday night.
The suspect, identified as Gary Martin, 45, of Aurora, used a handgun and had worked for the Henry Pratt Co. — one of the largest makers of industrial water valves — for 15 years, she said. He was killed at the scene. The attack lasted 90 minutes, Fox News reports.
The gunman in the Henry Pratt shooting in Aurora killed five civilians and shot five officers this afternoon before he was fatally shot by the responding officers. We’re awaiting word on whether there were others wounded.
The gunman in the Henry Pratt shooting in Aurora killed five civilians and shot five officers this afternoon before he was fatally shot by the responding officers. We're awaiting word on whether there were others wounded. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/SumPe9z6Ki
— Maggie Huynh (@maggiehuynh) February 16, 2019
Five police officers also were shot and wounded before Martin was located in the warehouse. Ziman says Martin was shot and killed.
The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police praised the actions of Aurora police in a statement.
“Every police officer dreads days like this one, yet these four courageous Aurora officers and their colleagues did not hesitate to literally put their lives on the line today to stop further bloodshed. These four heroes willingly ran into harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens and very nearly paid the ultimate price. We Illinoisans should be humbly grateful for their sacrifice, and we ask that you join us in praying that the injured civilians and police officers make a full and speedy recovery.”
Aurora is about 40 miles west of Chicago.
President Donald Trump says law enforcement officers did a “great job” handling an active shooter situation at an industrial park in suburban Chicago.
Police say the gunman killed five people and shot and wounded five police officers Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora.
Authorities then shot and killed the suspect, who has been identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin.
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman says a sixth officer was wounded but not by gunfire.
A woman claiming to be Martin’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times her son was “stressed out” before the shooting.
“He was way too stressed out,” she said. She declined to tell the paper her name and did not specify why he was stressed. Court records show Martin had a conviction for stabbing a woman in Mississippi in 1994, according to the paper.
In a statement Friday night, Mueller Water Products – the parent company of Henry Pratt – said it “is shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that occurred today at our Henry Pratt Facility.”
Trump sent a tweet as news of the casualties was unfolding, sending his “Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families,” adding “America is with you!”
Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois. Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2019
Trump is spending the weekend at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
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