By Carrie Antlfinger and Amanda Seitz
AURORA, Ill. – An employee of a manufacturing company fired on Friday in a Chicago suburban factory, killing five people and injuring five policemen before being shot, police said.
Kristen Ziman, police chief of Aurora, Illinois, said at a press conference that the gunman was Gary Martin, 45 years old. He is alleged to have been an employee of Henry Pratt Co., which manufactures valves for industrial purposes. 65 km west of Chicago. She told reporters that the officers had arrived within four minutes of receiving information reporting the shooting and had been targeted as soon as they had entered the 29,000-foot manufacturing warehouse. square.
Police said that they did not know the reason for the shooter.
"God bless the brave law enforcement officers who continue to run to danger," said Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker at the press conference.
Hospitals reported treating at least seven patients after the shooting, although their living conditions were not relaxed. Two of the officers were airlifted to trauma centers in Chicago, Ziman said. She said that a sixth officer had been injured in the knee. The officials did not specify the total number of injured people other than the police.
Dozens of first-responder vehicles converged on the company's Aurora building after police received several calls from an active shooter at 1:24 pm. CST.
Several ATF teams also reacted to the shooting and were on the scene, according to the spokesman of the agency in Chicago, and the FBI said it also reacted.
John Probst, an employee of the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, told ABC7 that he had left the back door by shooting Friday afternoon. Probst says that he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company.
"What I saw was a man running in the driveway with a gun with a laser," Probst said.
Probst said that he had not been hurt but that another colleague was "bleeding a lot".
"It is unfortunate that such shootings have become commonplace in our country.It would be a pity that a cold and heartless delinquent is selfish enough to think that he has the right to lead an innocent life." "said the mayor of Aurora, Richard C. Irvin told me.
The White House said that President Donald Trump had been informed of the shooting and monitoring of the situation as he was preparing to leave for a weekend home in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump tweeted his thanks to the law enforcement officers in Aurora and offered his condolences to the victims and their families. "America is with you," he says.
The Mercy Presence Medical Center was treating two patients and a third had been transferred by helicopter to another hospital, spokesman Matt Wakely said. Lawyers at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Lutheran General Hospital each had a patient who was shot and wounded, spokeswoman Kate Eller said. Rush Copley Medical Center has received three patients from the shooting and all are being treated for life-threatening injuries, Courtney spokeswoman Satlak said.