Aurora, Illinois shooting

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Aurora, Illinois shooting
Part of Mass shootings in the United States
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LocationHenry Pratt Company,
641 Archer Ave,
Aurora, Illinois, United States
Coordinates41°45′13″N 88°19′54″W / 41.7537°N 88.3316°W / 41.7537; -88.3316Coordinates: 41°45′13″N 88°19′54″W / 41.7537°N 88.3316°W / 41.7537; -88.3316
DateFebruary 15, 2019 (2019-02-15)
1:24 – 2:59 p.m.[1] (CST, UTC−6)
Attack type
Mass shooting, workplace violence
Weapons.40 S&W pistol[2]
Deaths6 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
7 (6 by gunfire)[3]
PerpetratorGary Montez Martin

On February 15, 2019, a mass shooting took place at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois. Six people including the perpetrator died and six others were injured.[4]

Incident[edit]

The first reports of the shooting began to arrive at 1:24 p.m.,[5] with the first officers arriving four minutes from the first call. Witnesses said they saw the perpetrator carrying a handgun with a green laser sight attached.[6] The shooting prompted a multi-agency response with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the United States Marshals Service assisting local police.[5] The shooter returned fire when law enforcement arrived. Officers reported at 2:59 p.m. that the suspect had been shot and killed. The exchange of gunfire lasted about 90 minutes. In total, five people were killed by the gunman. Five police officers were injured along with another civilian. The perpetrator was killed by law enforcement officers.[6][7][8]

Victims[edit]

The five victims fatally shot were male workers at the Henry Pratt plant: a 32-year-old human resources manager, a 37-year-old plant manager,[9] a 46-year-old mold operator, a 55-year-old stock room attendant and forklift operator, and a 21-year-old student of Northern Illinois University on his first day as a human resources intern.[3][10]

A sixth plant employee sustained gunshot wounds during the shooting, and was hospitalized with non life threatening injuries.[11]

The six injured police officers ranged in age from 23 to 59. Four of them sustained gunshot wounds, one was injured by shrapnel, and one had a non-gunshot injury sustained while responding to the shooting. None of the injuries were life threatening.[3]

Perpetrator[edit]

Gary Montez Martin, a 45-year-old former employee of the Henry Pratt plant, was identified as the perpetrator.[2] Relatives of the shooter told reporters that he had been released from his position at the company about two weeks prior to the shooting.[6] Other news outlets reported that he was being fired from his job on the day of the shooting,[12] and that the shooting itself started during the termination meeting.[13]

Martin was convicted in 1995 for a felony aggravated assault in Mississippi,[14][15] and served two-and-a-half years in prison in Mississippi for that conviction.[13] Aurora police stated that he had six arrests with the Aurora Police Department, including arrests for domestic violence and violating a restraining order, and that he had a 2017 arrest in Oswego, Illinois for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.[2][16]

Martin was not legally allowed to possess a gun in Illinois because of his prior felony conviction in Mississippi. However, in 2014 he applied for, and was issued an Illinois FOID card because the FOID background check in Illinois did not involve a fingerprint check. In March 2014, he was able to buy a gun (which he is believed to have used during the shooting) from a licensed gun dealer in Aurora using that FOID card.[17][16] Later that month he applied for a concealed carry license from the Illinois State Police. The concealed carry background check involved a fingerprint check, and Martin's felony conviction was discovered at that point. The Illinois State Police rejected his concealed carry application, cancelled his FOID card and sent him a written notice demanding that he turn in the gun that he had purchased. He did not do so.[16] According to a CNN report, the authorities are now trying "to determine why he didn't surrender the weapon and whether law enforcement followed up with him to confiscate the gun."[17]

On February 15, after the shooting, the police conducted a search of Martin's home but did not find anything to indicate that he had planned the shooting in advance.[18]

Reactions[edit]

U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin thanked law enforcement for their response, as did Governor J. B. Pritzker and President Donald Trump.[19] Trump also offered condolences to the victims and their families.[20] Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said, "It's a shame that mass shootings such as this have become commonplace in our country [and] that a cold and heartless offender would be so selfish as to think he has the right to take an innocent life. But we as a society cannot allow these horrific acts to become commonplace."[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timeline: Police Detail, Minute-by-Minute, How Aurora Shooting Unfolded". NBC Chicago. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Rosenblatt, Kalhan; Helsel, Phil (February 16, 2019). "Aurora, Illinois shooter wasn't legally allowed to own gun". NBC News.
  3. ^ a b c "Aurora shooting victims: What we know about those killed in Henry Pratt warehouse shooting". WLS-TV. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "WATCH LIVE: Aurora shooting leaves at least 5 dead, multiple wounded including officers at Henry Pratt Company; gunman also dead". WLS-TV. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Almasy, Steve; Silverman, Hollie (February 16, 2019). "Shooter who opened fire in workplace where 5 died had lost his job, police say". CNN. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Bosman, Julie; Smith, Mitch (February 15, 2019). "Aurora Shooting Updates: 5 Killed and Several Others Wounded". The New York Times. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Aurora shooting: Five killed by sacked man at Illinois firm". BBC News. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Timeline: How the Aurora Shooting Unfolded". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  9. ^ Freishtat, Sarah. "Wife of Aurora massacre victim got text from husband: 'I love you, I've been shot at work'". Chicago Tribune. The Beacon-News. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  10. ^ Andone, Dakin (February 16, 2019). "These are the victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois". CNN. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  11. ^ Helsel, Phil (February 17, 2019). "Intern on first day, grandfather of eight among victims of shooting in Aurora, Illinois". NBC News. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Baldwin, Sarah Lynch; Linton, Caroline (February 15, 2019). "Gunman in deadly workplace shooting should not have owned weapon, police say". CBS News. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Aurora shooting: 5 dead, multiple wounded including officers at Henry Pratt Company; gunman also dead". WLS-TV. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Bellware, Kimberly; Melendez, Pilar (February 15, 2019). "Laid-Off Worker Gary Martin Kills 5 in Aurora, Illinois". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ Yilek, Caitlin (February 15, 2019). "Mother of Aurora gunman who murdered five coworkers says he was 'way too stressed out'". Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "Police: Gunman in shooting rampage had 6 prior arrests in Aurora, Illinois, including domestic battery charges". USA Today. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Shooter in deadly Illinois rampage was not supposed to own a gun, police say". CNN. February 16, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  18. ^ Moritz-Rabson, Daniel; Phifer, Donica (February 15, 2019). "Who Is Gary Martin? Aurora Shooting Suspect Identified By Police". Newsweek. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Gov. Pritzker, Illinois lawmakers react to fatal Aurora shooting". WIFR-LD. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  20. ^ "President Donald Trump to City of Aurora After Shooting: 'America is With You!'". WMAQ-TV. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "At Least 6 Dead In Aurora, Ill., Shooting, Including Gunman; 5 Police Wounded". NPR. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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