Aurora, Ill.: Five people have died in a mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois, said reports on Saturday. The suspect, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, has also been killed.Also Read - US Rapper KTS Dre Dies Fatally After Being Shot 64 Times By Gunmen
Martin is believed to have been working for Henry Pratt Co. where he went on the rampage. Also Read - 4 Sikhs Among 8 Killed at Indiapolis FedEx Facility in US; EAM Jaishankar Sends Condolences
Five officers were struck by gunfire while responding to the incident, officials said. The civilians killed had not been officially identified. Also Read - Man Hides at Airport for Nearly 90 Days, Tells this Reason to Police
“Thank you for your selfless act. Thank you for running towards gunfire and putting your lives in danger to protect those inside the business,” Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman was quoted as saying.
At a press conference, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said, “A shame these shootings are commonplace, a shame that someone would be so selfish to think he has the right to take an innocent life. We as a society cannot allow the heartless acts to become a spot on the 10 o’clock news.”
On Friday afternoon, emergency crews had responded to a call from Henry Pratt Co., located west of Chicago, about an active shooter, reported WMAQ-TV.
Some injured from the shooting were sent to Mercy Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center, according to a Mercy spokesperson. A report said a school and two businesses in Aurora went on lockdown but that was lifted later.
Earlier, a SWAT team and other law enforcement officers were deployed.