Plant manager, intern among 5 killed by colleague losing job

Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of a shooting at an industrial park in Aurora Ill. on Friday Feb. 15 2019

Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of a shooting at an industrial park in Aurora Ill. on Friday Feb. 15 2019

The man who gunned down five co-workers and wounded a sixth at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse before shooting and wounding five police officers brought his gun to a meeting in which he was going to be fired, authorities said Saturday.

Police eventually entered the 29,000-square-foot building, where they found Martin with a Smith & Wesson handgun. Five days after that, he applied for a concealed carry permit, which included a more rigorous background check that used digital fingerprinting and that did flag his MS felony conviction, which led the Illinois State Police to revoke his permit.

Investigators have said little else that would explain the rampage, including why Martin was sacked, whether the victims were his co-workers or supervisors, or if he was already carrying the gun at the time of his termination.

Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said.

The Henry Pratt Co. identifies itself as one of the nation's largest manufacturers of industrial valves.

During the shooting, which took 90 minutes to get under control, Martin used a gun with a laser sight, a witness said.

Martin should have been legally barred from purchasing a gun due to his felony record. "I don't know exactly what was communicated to him".

The shooting shocked the city of 200,000 that is about 40 miles west of Chicago. He again fired at officers, officials said, and was fatally shot.

Martin was no stranger to police in Aurora, where he had been arrested six times over the years for what Ziman described as "traffic and domestic battery-related issues" and for violating an order of protection.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Martin's mother, who declined to give her name to reporters outside of an Aurora police station, said her son was stressed before the shooting.

And the disgruntled coworker who brought a.40-caliber handgun to work the day he was sacked - a weapon that should've been seized years ago due to his criminal past, police say.

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Those killed include an intern who was on his very first day with the company, a forklift operator and a father.

It was his first day of work, a chance for the strapping young college intern to learn how companies deal with their employees. Three of the five co-workers he killed were in the room with him and the other two were just outside, she said.

Ziman said responding officers on Friday arrived at the shooting scene four minutes after the first 911 calls were placed.

According to Ziman, four of the five injured police officers suffered gunshot wounds to various limbs, and one was hit with shrapnel.

He should have been barred from owning a handgun because he had a 1995 conviction for aggravated assault in MS, she said, and he also had at least seven prior arrests in IL.

"We will look at what we could have done differently in the days and weeks ahead", Hall said. The other three wounded officers were shot inside the building.

The Aurora Police say they have information which indicates that Martin "was being terminated today [yesterday]".

Like in numerous country's mass shootings, Friday's attack was carried out by a man with a violent criminal history who was armed with a gun he wasn't supposed to have. She had just learned that the shooter lived close by and his unit in the complex had been taped off by police.

"As soon as I saw the green thing and heard the shots, we left", said John Probst, who's worked at the plant for 40 years.

Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with officers Friday, ending his deadly rampage at the plant.

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