Five Dead and Six Injured in Aurora Warehouse Shooting

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An employee with a feeling he would be terminated entered a conference room where the human resources manager, an intern, on his first day of work, the plant foreman, and a few others were meeting to discuss his tenure.

The word “terminated” must have reverberated through a fog of mental instability and in one quick movement he pulled out a handgun that he brought with him and in seconds five employees of Henry Pratt Manufacturing Plant, in Aurora, Illinois were killed in another act of senseless violence.


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The shooter, Gary Martin, 45, who had a long history of domestic violence, with six prior arrests for assault, and was unable pass a background check required for legitimate gun sales, managed to purchase a handgun with a laser sight, which makes aiming and killing with the handgun easier.

After the conference room massacre, Martin killed two others, a forklift operator and a mold operator who were on the floor of the sprawling complex and happened to be in Martin’s path as he ran into the warehouse.


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The Active Shooter call brought heavy response with first responders arriving at the location in four minutes from the first call which neighbors reported hearing shots. Upon entry five Aurora police officers were fired upon and injured.

Martin, then hid running further into the ran deeper into the 29,000 square foot warehouse. After approximately 90 minutes the members of SWAT were fired upon by Martin the police then returned gunfire. The suspect was killed and the threat neutralized.

The Henry Pratt Company released a statement regarding the termination procedure indicating, like 90% of all companies, incremental employee notification and warnings are in place.


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“Scott Hall, the CEO of Mueller Water Products, which owns the Henry Pratt Co., said the company has a progressive discipline process that can result in termination. "In order to be at the final step, he would have been through previous steps," Hall said. The gunman was being terminated for the culmination of various workplace rules violations, he said,” reported CNN.


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The names of those killed have been released. The Human Resources Manager Clayton Parks, Trevor Wehner, the human resources intern and a college student, Josh Pinkard, the plant manager. The two men murdered on the floor were Russell Beyer and Vincent Juarez.

Those names of those wounded were not released.

This is a developing story.

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