Police reported in detail on Saturday night the deadly events at the Henry Pratt Company camp and identified the five workers – all of Mr. Martin's employees – who were killed.
The Victims Included Some of the company's most experienced employees, but also its newest: Warehouse Operations Manager Josh Pinkard, was killed in the shooting, as was Trevor Wehner, a student at Northern Illinois University and a human resources trainee of the company department. Mr. Wehner was expected to graduate in May. Friday was the first day of his internship, officials from Northern Illinois University said.
Everyone there knew Mr. Wehner. He was nice, the most selfless person she'd ever met, she said, someone with a big smile and a matching personality. "He always saw the good in all," she said.
Also killed, police said, were Vicente Juarez, a warehouse worker and forklift driver; Clayton Parks, the HR Manager; and Russell Beyer, a mold server. Northern Illinois officials said Mr. Parks also graduated from the university in 2014 and provided counseling assistance to the needy. (The school in DeKalb, Ill., Was the scene of another mass shooting eleven years ago.)
Abby Parks, wife of Clayton Parks, said he was dedicated to her son Axel, who is eight months old. "The family we created was Lehm's greatest pleasure," she said. "He took his responsibilities as a husband and dad very seriously and kept those titles above everything else." The couple was married since 2016.
Police received several 911 calls at 9:24 am. On Friday, as wild callers said, there was a gunman in the warehouse. Mr. Martin had been called to what the police had termed a "closing meeting" in the camp where he had worked for at least 15 years. At least two victims were shot at the scene.