AURORA, Ill. — Five people were killed and six police officers injured after a gunman opened fire at a manufacturing plant Friday in the southwest Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois, police reported.
Officers found themselves immediately in a gun battle after arriving at the Henry Pratt Company plant only four minutes after they received calls from multiple people inside the plant, said Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman.
The gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was shot and killed as well. Ziman said he is believed to be an employee of the company. She said detectives have not determined a motive yet.
At least one relative of the shooter was at police headquarters Friday night, waiting to be interviewed by detectives.
“Active Shooter Incident has been secured,” Aurora police said on Twitter. “Shooter is no longer a threat to the area. Continued police presence will remain as investigation continues.”
John Probst, a worker at the company, tells ABC7 that the shooter, armed with a pistol, was a co-worker. He said there were about 30 workers in the open storage room when the gunman opened fire.
“He was shooting everybody . . . As soon as i heard the shot, we left. As soon as I heard it, I took off,” Probst said.
He said one of the victims “came running down and was bleeding pretty bad.”
NBC5 Chicago quoted police as saying the gunman was apprehended.
In Washington, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump was briefed on the incident and was monitoring the situation.
The Henry Pratt Company is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of valves for the potable water, wastewater, power generation and industrial markets. It’s a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a NYSE publicly traded company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded in 1901.
During World War I, the Henry Pratt Company manufactured propellers for Liberty Ships and in the 1920s, the company made products for electric power plants and gas plants.
The company has a tradition of industry firsts. When welding came into use in the mid 1920s, Pratt was instrumental in the design and production of the first welded smoke stack, which was installed at Commonwealth Edison’s Fisk Street Generating Station.
Contributing: John Fritze in Washington
A gunman opened fire at co-workers and police officers at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois.
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