US: Fired worker murders 5 colleagues and wounds 5 officers in Aurora, Illinois
Five people have been confirmed dead following a shooting at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois.
Survivors said 45-year-old Gary Martin “was shooting everybody” as he rampaged through the plant with a laser-scope pistol.
Martin opened fire inside the warehouse just before 1.30pm local time Friday, fatally shooting five people and injuring multiple others.
Police responding to reports of the shooting were met with a hail of gunfire in which five officers were shot and wounded.
Martin then hid inside the 29,000-square-foot warehouse. When police finally located him 90 minutes later, a gun battle ensued and Martin was shot dead.
Five police officers are in a stable condition, it has been confirmed.
Chief of Police Kristen Ziman said at a news conference that he had been terminated from his job at the Henry Pratt Co. industrial valve manufacturing plant on the day of the shooting.
Ziman said it is unclear whether Martin’s attack was premeditated, but that initial reports suggest he may have been motivated by his firing.
Aurora police officers and multiple civilians have been wounded in an industrial near several schools and a university, according to preliminary reports from the scene. Schools have been placed in lock-down.
School District 129 announced that they are holding students in place: “There are reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt Building near Cleveland and Prairie just east of Luigi’s Pizza, as a result, we are holding all district students in place for their safety.”