Police officers gather near the scene in which an active shooter was reported in Aurora, Illinois, Friday, February 1

5, 2019. (Photo11: Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune via AP)

AURORA , Ill. – The shooter who shot five employees and injured five police officers After being released from his job five years ago, he had had to revoke his weapons permit five years ago after a background check in Mississippi of an earlier offense had been revealed. the police said.

The gunman, Gary Martin, 45, was shot dead by policemen after the police shook the scene on Friday at the Henry Pratt factory in Aurora, Illinois.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the investigators were trying to find out why Martin could still own a Smith & Wesson handgun after it was discovered that he had been turned down for a covert takeaway permit.

"Absolutely, he did not own a weapon," Ziman said. 19659005] Three of the victims, including two in the Human Resources Department, were shot dead during the meeting that terminated Martin, Ziman said. The other two were killed in another part of the 29,000-square-foot warehouse, Ziman said.

The police still do not know why Martin was fired.

Gary Martin, alleged shooter in the Aurora, Ill., Shot dead on February 15, 2019. [Photo: Aurora Illinois Police Department]

Ziman told reporters that Martin had previously had six arrests, including one domestic in 2008 and one in 2017 due to disorderly behavior and criminal property damage.

She said he received an Illinois Firearms ID and then, on March 11, 2014, bought the Smith & Wesson handgun from a local dealer. It was assumed that the weapon was used in the bombardment.

Five days later, when he applied for a concealed takeaway permit, his fingerprints were taken to a criminal conviction in Mississippi in 1995. Allowing him to carry the handgun was revoked.

"During the fingerprint and background process, it was discovered that he had been convicted of abuse from Mississippi for grievous bodily harm," Ziman said. "It should be noted that this conviction did not emerge from a criminal background check for a FOID card."

In addition to the five fatalities, five Aurora officers suffered Ziman's life-threatening gunshot wounds during the rampage. A sixth officer suffered a minor injury that was not related to a gunshot.

The dead were identified as Clayton Parks of Elgin, Ill., A human resources manager. Trevor Wehner, DeKalb, Ill .; an intern and student at Northern Illinois University; Russell Beyer of Yorkville, Ill., A mold operator; Vicente Juarez of Oswego, Ill., Warehouse Manager and forklift operator; and Josh Pinkard from Oswego, Ill., was the plant manager.

The Henry Pratt Company, located approximately 40 miles west of Chicago, is one of the largest manufacturers of drinking water, wastewater, power generation and industrial fittings in North America. It is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a publicly traded NYSE company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded in 1901.

During the First World War, the Henry Pratt Company produced propellers for Liberty Ships, and in the 1920s, the company produced products for electric power plants and gas plants.

The company has tradition first-in-class. When welding began in the mid-1920s, Pratt was instrumental in the design and manufacture of the first welded chimney to be installed at Commonwealth Edison's Fisk Street Generating Station.

Article: Associated Press [19659005]




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