5 dead in suburban Chicago shooting

A disgruntled former factory worker went on a shooting rampage at his old workplace in Illinois on Friday, shooting dead five people and wounding five cops before being killed, authorities and reports said.



5 PEOPLE DEAD: First police update on the workplace shooting in Aurora, Illinois (FNN) © FOX 10 Phoenix

The chief of police says five people were killed and five officers were wounded in a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters that the officers were fired upon Friday afternoon as soon as they entered the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora.

The chaotic incident unfolded around 1:24 p.m. local time.

Gunman Gary Martin, 45 — who had been laid off from the plant two weeks ago — wielded a pistol with a laser scope as he opened fire inside the facility, prompting a massive police response to the 29,000-square-foot building within minutes, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said at a press conference.

By 1:28 p.m., officers with the Aurora Police Department arrived on the scene “and were fired upon immediately,” Ziman said, noting that two of the initial four officers who entered the building were shot.

“Additional officers began to arrive and were also fired upon,” Ziman said, adding that “a total of five officers were struck by gunfire.”

Ziman said the gunman, Gary Martin, was also killed.

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