Sacked worker shot as he opens fire, kills five co-workers

     
Feb 24, 2019
CHICAGO: An employee at a manufacturing company where he worked for 15 years upon being sacked opened fire in the suburban Chicago plant on Friday, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers. He was shot.

Police said 45-year-old Gary Martin "was being terminated" before he started shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. which makes valves for industrial purposes. The company is about 65 km west of Chicago city.

The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported his family as saying he was "stressed out" at being made redundant by the company.

"It's a shame that mass shootings such as this have become commonplace in our country. 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," Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin said.

The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting, Trump tweeted his thanks to law enforcement officers in Aurora and offered his condolences to the victims and their families. "America is with you," he said.

The police named the five victims as Russell Beyer from Yorkville, Illinois, Vicente Juarez from Oswego, Illinois, Clayton Parks of Elgin, Illinois, the human resources manager, Josh Pinkard from Oswego, the plant manager, Trevor Wehner, a 21-year-old student at Northern Illinois University and a human resources intern on his first day at Henry Pratt.

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