Aurora shooting – what happened and who was gunman Gary Martin?

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FIVE people died after a gunman opened fire at a factory in the US.

We explain what happened and who the gunman was. Here’s the latest.

Heavily armed cops swooped on the scene after the shooting at the Henry Pratt Company
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How did the shooting happen?

On February 15 2019, a 45-year-old man opened fire on his former colleagues at Henry Pratt Company at 3pm local time.

The gunman used a laser-scope pistol to injure five police officers and “multiple victims” as well as killing five people.

Schools in the area of Aurora – 40 miles from Chicago – were put on lockdown as police tried to secure the scene.

Victims were rushed to two hospitals, Mercy Medican Center and Rush Copley Medical Center.

The gunman has been named as 45-year-old Gary Martin
The gunman has been named as 45-year-old Gary Martin

Witnesses said the gunman was running around the plant and “shooting everybody”.

John Probst said on WLS-TV, a Chicago TV station: “I saw a guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it.

“He was shooting everybody.”

Probst says there would have been about 30 people in the building at the time, and he and a coworker escaped through the back door.

He said: “One of the guys was up in the office, he said this person was shooting, and, he come running down and he was bleeding pretty bad, and the next thing you know he was walking back and forth, I heard more shots, and we just left the building.”

Diana Muniz, an employee at Taqueria Muniz, told NBC Chicago a customer reported hearing numerous shots in the area.

She said: “The customer said they heard one shot fired, then more shots like ‘boom, boom, boom.’”

Police secure the area following a shooting
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Who was the gunman?

Gary Martin was the gunman who stormed the factory.

He was reportedly sacked two weeks prior to the shooting from his job.

His mum said her son was “stressed out” before shooting his former colleagues.

Martin was killed by police in a shootout at the scene.

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What has been said about the shooting?

In a news conference that evening the Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin expressed dismay that his city is the latest to fall victim to a mass shooting.

He said: “It’s a shame that mass shootings such as this have become commonplace in our country.

“It’s a shame 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.”

When President Donald Trump left the White House on Friday he waved to reporters but ignored questions about the shooting in Aurora.

The White House said Trump wasbriefed on the incident and was monitoring the situation.

He later tweeted: “Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois. Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you!”


New Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker said: “There is no way to prepare. There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams and their futures.

“There are no words to express our gratitude to the families of the officers who were injured in the line of duty as they responded within moments to the gravest kind of danger that they can face.

“Tomorrow, the families of the victims will be less than whole.”

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