Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters at a press conference Friday night that the man was involved in a deadly shootout at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois. , where five employees were killed and five injured on Friday. .
The suspect, identified as Gary Martin, 45, of Aurora, used a handgun and worked for Mueller Water Products for 15 years, she said. He was killed on the scene.
"We do not know if he had the gun on him at that time or if he had gone to get him," Ziman said, adding that the authorities were not sure that Martin had planned the shot. "We can only assume, with a man who was terminated, that it was something that he intended to do, I'm not sure."
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It was not known immediately if the victims were the managers who sent Martin away. The company employs about 200 people, but the authorities did not know how many of them were in a 29,000 square foot warehouse at the time of the shooting.
In a statement Friday night, the company "is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic tragedy that occurred today at the Henry Pratt Central".
"We are wholeheartedly with the victims and their loved ones, the first responders, the Aurora community and the Mueller family during this extremely difficult time, and we are all focused on the health and well-being of our colleagues, and we We pledge to We continue to work closely with law enforcement, with whom we share our deep gratitude for their support, "the statement said.
Police raided Martin's home, but no weapons were found inside, Ziman said.
Several calls from an active shooter were reported around 1:24 pm. local time at the manufacturing warehouse and officers arrived about four minutes later "and were immediately shot at," Ziman said.
"Two of the original four officers entering the building were shot dead, and additional officers started arriving and were also shot at," she said. "Five officers were shot."
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All officers were taken to nearby hospitals and two were later airlifted to trauma centers in the Chicago area, Ziman said, adding that a "sixth officer is being treated for an injury." Knee."
Five Aurora police officers were injured, Ziman said. An employee was shot and wounded.