Officials: 5 dead, 5 police wounded in Illinois workplace shooting

Posted at 4:05 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 23:03:28-05

At least five people were killed and five police officers wounded when a shooter opened fire at an industrial park in Aurora, Illinois, officials said Friday.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed the that five people were killed during a press conferee Friday evening. A sixth police officer was wounded with a non-gunshot injury.

Ziman identified the suspect as Gary Martin, a 45-year-old former employee of the facility. Ziman said his motive was unknown.

Martin was killed, according to Ziman, making the death toll six.

Live TV reports showed dozens of first responders vehicles outside a building housing the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, a city of about 200,000 people about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago.

Several ATF teams responded to the shooting and were at the scene, according to the agency's Chicago spokeswoman, and the FBI said it also was responding.

John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon. Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company.

He said the gunman had "a pistol with a laser." Probst said he wasn't hurt but that another colleague was "bleeding pretty bad."

The company makes valves for industrial purposes.

Police said the situation had been contained and that there was "no ongoing threat to the public," according to a statement issued by the Kane County Sheriff's Department on behalf of the Aurora Police Department.

The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on a shooting in Illinois and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida.

West Aurora School District 129 said on its website that it was keeping all students in their classrooms as police investigate, but that "teaching will continue with reduced movement."

Spokespeople for Mercy Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora did not immediately return messages about whether either hospital was treating victims from the shooting. No victims had been sent to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in nearby Downers as of Friday evening, spokeswoman Kate Eller told The Associated Press.