At least five people were killed and multiple others were injured.
A shooter killed at least five people and injured multiple others, including police officers, at the Henry Pratt Company building in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday afternoon.
Police responded to the shooting, killing the gunman. The shooter is believed to have been an employee at the Henry Pratt Company, a manufacturing warehouse, but officials haven’t yet confirmed a motive.
The story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.
What we know
- Around 1:20 pm local time, police responded to reports of a shooting at the Henry Pratt Company building in Aurora, Illinois, Aurora Chief of Police Kristen Ziman said at a press conference. They quickly responded to the shooting, with five officers suffering gunshot injuries.
- Officers engaged with the gunman and killed him.
- The shooter killed at least five other people, Ziman said. It’s unclear how many other people were injured, and what their current condition is.
- The injured police officers were stabilized, a city spokesperson told WGN-TV.
- The shooter was identified as Gary Martin, believed to be an employee at the Henry Pratt Company.
- Prior to the shooting in Aurora, Illinois, there had been 38 mass shootings so far in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The organization defines mass shootings as events in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, were shot but not necessarily killed in a similar time and place.
- The shooting comes one day after the first anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, shooting.
- President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the shooting.
Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois. Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2019
- Both US senators from Illinois tweeted as well.
My heart breaks for Aurora. I’m tracking updates on the situation with my staff. Thank you to the members of law enforcement who are responding to the emergency.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) February 15, 2019
I am monitoring the situation in Aurora, Illinois. This is a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans. Thank you to the brave first responders who risked their lives this afternoon and apprehended the shooter.
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) February 15, 2019
What we don’t know
- The shooter’s motive
- The final casualty count
- The identities of the victims
Author: German Lopez