IL factory gunman killed co-workers after being sacked

IL factory gunman killed co-workers after being sacked

(Chicago) - The victims of a disgruntled employee who opened fire at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse were co-workers ranging from an intern to the plant manager.

The gunman who killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers at an IL factory was a violent felon who had just been fired, and the plant manager and a young intern were among his victims, authorities said on Saturday.

Police said in March 2014, Martin purchased a Smith & Wesson.40-caliber handgun from an Aurora gun dealer.

But when he applied for a concealed-carry permit later that month, his fingerprints for another background check flagged him for a felony conviction, Ziman said.

Martin also killed forklift operator Vicente Juarez in "the same general area", Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said.

Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said.

The chief said police were still trying to learn from bosses at Henry Pratt the reason for the firing. He also had a 1995 felony conviction for aggravated assault in MS that should have prevented him from buying his gun, Ziman said.

A reporter asked the following question: "Does the series of events relating to the gun license and the revocation of his FOID card mean that he was in illegal possession of that gun?" I have no bad words for him.

At Acorn Woods Condominiums where Martin lived, a mix of brick apartments and condos nestled on a quiet street just a mile and a half from the shooting, neighbors gathered on sidewalks near Martin's unit talking and wondering among themselves if they knew or had come in contact with him.

The shooting shocked the city of 200,000 that is about 40 miles west of Chicago. The youngest has been an officer for two years and the oldest for 30 years, authorities said. "At this time I don't know", Ziman told reporters on Friday.

The five officers - who were fired on nearly immediately upon arriving to multiple calls of an active shooter at the water valve manufacturing plant at 641 Archer Ave. - range in age from 23 to 53.

On Saturday afternoon, Isabella Irish, 17, and her mother stood by a small memorial to the people who died at Henry Pratt Co.

In addition to the five victims, another worker at the plant was shot but had their wounds treated, Ziman said. Three men in the room were fatally shot; two others were killed nearby.

Friday was his first day at an internship at the Henry Pratt Company, Northern Illinois University president Dr. Lisa C. Freeman said in a statement.

"May God bless the fearless law enforcement officers who continue to run toward danger", Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said at the news conference. The other three wounded officers were shot inside the building. He fired on an officer about an hour later and police fired back, killing him, authorities said.

"It just means a lot that it doesn't matter what banner you're under but that we can all be one family", attendee Diane Johnson said.

"He was probably waiting for us to get to him there", Aurora police Lt. Rick Robertson said.

Police have apprehended an active shooter at a factory in IL.

It appears that all who were killed or hurt by gunfire - except for Martin - were hit in the first few minutes of the incident, Ziman said.

An intern at his first day on the job.

In the wake of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois that left five people dead on Friday, presidential candidate and Sen. "The man who was dying and found the clarity of mind for just a second to send me one last text to let me know he would always love me".

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