Aurora Shooting Leaves 6 Dead, Including Gunman

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Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Aurora, Ill. Officials say several people were killed and at least five police officers were wounded after a gunman opened fire in an industrial park.

Updated at 9:45 p.m.

A gunman opened fire at an Aurora manufacturing company Friday afternoon, leaving five employees dead and five police officers injured before cops shot and killed the shooter, police said.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the shooter as 45-year-old Gary Martin. She said police “believe he was an employee” of the Henry Pratt Company.

Ziman said Martin had worked at Henry Pratt for 15 years and was going to be terminated on Friday.

Martin’s sister, Tameka Martin, gave a different version of his employment history. She said Martin had worked at Henry Pratt for at least 20 years until he lost his job a couple of weeks ago.

“He shot officers, so if they did shoot him and kill him, they was, I guess, defending themselves.” Martin said.

The names of the five people found dead inside the building have not yet been released, but police said they were all Henry Pratt employees.

Another employee was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“Today is a sad day in the city of Aurora,” Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said. “The horrible feeling that we get when we see it on the news, to experience it firsthand is even more painful.”

Ziman said officers responded at 1:24 p.m. to “multiple calls for an active shooter” and were “fired upon immediately.”

Police eventually entered the 29,000-square-foot building, where they found Martin with a Smith & Wesson handgun. Officers killed Martin during an exchange of gunfire, Ziman said.

Five officers were shot — including two of the first four to arrive — during the standoff, the chief said. All five were taken to local hospitals, and two were airlifted to the Chicago area for further treatment. Some of the officers remained in surgery Friday night, but all the officers’ injuries are considered non-life-threatening, police said.

President Donald Trump tweeted, “Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois. Heartfelt condolences to all…

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