SIX dead, multiple injuries! Laid off Illinois warehouse worker, 45, fatally shoots five of his colleagues before being shot dead during stand-off with cops – Gary Martin worked 20 years at Henry Pratt before he was let go
Six dead in Illinois warehouse mass shooting after laid-off worker opened fire on his colleagues at the company where he worked for 20 years before let go two weeks ago
Multiple wounded including five police officers who are all in a stable condition and are expected to survive at Henry Pratt Company
Gunman 45-year-old Gary Martin also died in gunfight with cops one hour after his shooting rampagee Friday at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora, Illinois
Martin shot dead five people and injured multiple others, including five cops, before fleeing the scene
He opend fire when cornered by police about an hour later and was shot dead in the shootout
Martin’s sister said he had worked at Henry Pratt for about 20 years before losing his job about two weeks ago
Witnesses described how Martin opened fire in an aisle at the warehouse with a pistol that had a laser scope
Police respond to the active shooter situation at the Henry Prattmanufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday.
Six people, including a gunman, have been confirmed dead following a shooting at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday.
The shooter was identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, Chief of Police Kristen Ziman said at a news conference.
He allegedly opened fire at the Henry Pratt water valve manufacturing plant around 1.30pm local time Friday, fatally shooting five people and injuring multiple others.
Police officers responding to reports of the shooting were met with a hail of gunfire in which five officers were shot. None of the other victims, civilian nor police, have been identified.
Martin fled the scene but was shot dead during a standoff with police about an hour later. Police confirmed that the suspect had been apprehended around 3.30pm.
The gunman’s sister Tameka Martin told WBEZ that he had worked at Henry Pratt for about 20 years before losing his job about two weeks ago.
Martin’s mother, Felicia Martin, told WGN: ‘My heart goes out to all the victims and their families.’
The shooter: Gary Martin [photo], worked as a large valve assembler at Henry Pratt Co. for about 20 years before losing he was laid off his job about two weeks ago.
According to witnesses, Martin had arrived for work at his regular scheduled 7am,, but then after lunch walked down an aisle of the warehouse, shooting ‘everybody’ with a pistol that had a laser scope attached to it.
One witness who spoke to ABC said: ‘I saw a guy running down the aisle, with a pistol, I recognized him as a co-worker and he was shooting everybody.’
The man added: ‘One of the guys was up in the office, he said this person was shooting’, and, he come running down and he was bleeding pretty bad, and the next thing you know he was walking back and forth, I heard more shots, and we just left the building.’
‘I saw a guy running down the aisle, with a pistol, I recognized him as a co-worker and he was shooting everybody
The five police officers who were shot are all in a stable condition and are expected to survive. Two were airlifted to trauma centers. A sixth officer was being treated for a knee injury.
‘Thank you for your selfless act,’ Ziman said to the officers and other law enforcement officials at the 5.30pm press conference. ‘Thank you for running towards gunfire and putting your lives in danger to protect those inside the business.’
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin also spoke at the initial press conference.
‘It’s a shame that mass shootings such as this have become commonplace in our country,’ he said. ‘It’s a shame that a cold and heartless offender would be so selfish as to think he has the right to take an innocent life. But we as a society cannot allow these horrific acts to become commonplace.’
President Trump reacted to the shooting on Twitter Friday evening, writing: ‘Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois. Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you!’
Hundreds of law enforcement officials from local agencies in addition to SWAT teams, FBI agents and ATF officers remained on the scene hours after the shooting.
Schools in the area including a university were placed on lock-down until the scene was secured.
Armed officers patrol the scene of a shooting at a water valve manufacturing warehouse in Illinois on Friday after a disgruntled staffer opened fire, killing five and injuring multiple people