Police Say Five Officers Shot, Five Civilians Killed in Mass Shooting Near Chicago

February 15, 2019Feb 15, 2019

Police responded active shooter incident at a manufacturing company on the outskirts of Chicago around 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Friday. By 4 p.m., the suspect, Gary Martin, had been killed by police after a lengthy standoff and gunbattle.


According to NBC Chicago, the shooting took place at a Henry Pratt Company warehouse in Aurora. Henry Pratt is a major valve manufacturer.

According to the Daily Herald, five police officers were shot and injured and five civilians were killed. The police officers are recovering.

There are unconfirmed reports that the shooter was a former Henry Pratt employee who had recently lost his job.

"Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois," President Trump wrote on Twitter. "Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you!

“The customer said they heard one shot fired, then more shots like ‘boom, boom, boom,'" said employee Diana Muniz at nearby Taqueria Muniz.

Schools in the area were placed on a soft lockdown.

West Aurora School District 129 said, "Per directions from the county sheriff, the District has been advised to go into soft lockdown situation across the district. Teaching will continue with reduced movement. Normal operations will resume when the soft lockdown has been lifted. No one will be allowed to leave or enter our buildings until the lockdown has been lifted.”

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