Authorities have identified Gary Martin as a shooter who has killed several employees in a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois. and injured five police officers.
The gunman in a deadly shooting in a production warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, where five people were killed and five injured on Friday, was fired by the company, police chief Kristen Ziman told reporters at a press conference Friday night .
The suspect, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin of Aurora, used a gun and worked for Henry Pratt Co. ̵
1; one of the largest manufacturers of industrial water valves. "For 15 years," she said. He was killed in the place. The attack lasted 90 minutes.
"We do not know if he had the gun in him at that time or he went to take it," Ziman said, adding that the authorities were not sure Martin planned the shooting. "We can only assume with a gentleman who has been discontinued that this is something he intends to do, but I'm not sure."
It is not immediately known whether the victims are managers who fired at Martin. The company employs about 200 people, but the authorities are not sure how much they were in the 29,000-square-meter warehouse during the shooting.
A woman who claims to be Martin's mother told Chicago that her son was "" Before shooting "
" He was too stressed, "she said, refusing to tell the newspaper her name and did not specify why he was under stress.The court records show that Martin had a sentence to stab a woman in Mississippi in 1994.
In a statement Friday evening, Muller Water Products, Henry's parent company Pratt – said she was "shocked and deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that happened today at our factory, Henry Pratt. "
" Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, the first respondents, the Aurora community and the whole Muller family during this extremely difficult period. the health and well-being of our colleagues, and we are committed to providing any support to them and their families. We continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies with whom we share our deepest gratitude for their support, "the statement continues.
Police searched Martin's home, but no weapons were found inside, said Ziman. Police report that a fighter killed several people and wounded police officers before being killed. Law enforcement officials meet in front of Henry Pratt's production plant on Friday, February 15, 2019 in Aurora. The police reported that an armed man had killed several people and wounded police officers before being killed fatally. (Associated Press)
Several active shooter calls were reported around 1:24 local time in the production depot, and the officers arrived approximately four minutes later "and were dismissed immediately," Ziman said. "Two of the top four officers entering the building were shot," she said. "A total of five officers have been hit by shooting." Chicago, said Ziman, adding that "the sixth officer is being treated for knee trauma."
Five Aurora police have suffered injuries that are not life-threatening, said Zimann.
A number of law enforcement authorities responded to the scene, including the FBI and the Bureau on Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
John Prost, a Henry Pratt employee who escaped to the building, told WLS-TV in Chicago that he had seen a man with a laser-gun. He said he recognized the shooter as a collaborator who fired indiscriminately.
"One of the boys was in the office, he said that this guy was shooting, and he ran down and it was very bad, and the next thing you know he was going back and forth, I heard more shots and just we left the building, he said at the station.
Ziman did not know if Martin was targeting specific employees or if his actions were part of the "classic shooting at the workplace."
"I hate to use the term" classic shooting at work, "she told reporters.
Police are still working on Friday to identify the dead.
Several public figures offered their thoughts about Twitter attacks on Friday. Dick Durbin said that "his heart is falling apart for Aurora."
President Trump also expressed condolences on Twitter: "Awesome law enforcement work in Aurora, Illinois, and their families, America is with you!"
The Illinois Brotherhood Order of the Illinois praised the police Aurora in a Friday statement
"Every policeman has been struggling for days like this, but these four bold Aurora officers and their colleagues did not hesitate to literally lay their lives on today's order to stop further bloodshed – these four heroes readily opposed to op to defend their fellow citizens and almost pay the final price. and we ask you to join us to pray the wounded civilians and police officers to recover fully and quickly. "