Friday, February 15, 2019

Aurora Shooting

Police kill gunman in workplace shooting that left five others dead
By Steve Almasy and Hollie Silverman, CNN

Updated 10:49 PM ET, Fri February 15, 2019

The shooter at the manufacturing business where five employees were killed and five police officers were wounded was being fired Friday by the company where the shooting occurred, Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman told reporters Friday night.

The gunman, Gary Martin, used a Smith & Wesson handgun, the chief said.

Five Aurora police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, she said. One employee also suffered a non-life-threatening wound.

The first 911 calls came to Aurora police around 1:24 p.m. CT, with callers saying there was an active shooter at the Henry Pratt Company, which says it is one of the United States' largest manufacturers of industrial valves.

An employee at the company, John Probst, told CNN affiliate WLS the shooter was a co-worker and had a pistol.

There was gunfire immediately, Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman told reporters Friday evening. Two of the four officers were wounded.

The shooter was identified by Ziman as Gary Martin, 45, and authorities believe he was an employee at the company where the shooting occurred. Police said there was no obvious motive.

Aurora, with about 200,000 people, is the second-largest city in Illinois, according to the city's website. Locals refer to Aurora as "City of Lights," a nod to it being one of the first American cities to implement a fully electric street lighting system.

Aurora has a strong music and arts scene, and is even the setting of the popular buddy-film "Wayne's World." Although a suburb of Chicago, Aurora has a long tradition of manufacturing.

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