The mass shooter who killed five people at the Henry Pratt company in Aurora Friday afternoon was identified as 45-year-old employee Gary Martin, Aurora police said during a news conference Friday evening.
Information about the victims is still unknown. Police are planning to hold another press conference at 9 p.m. Friday to release new details on the tragic events that unfolded today.
Martin was employed at the company, a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products. The Atlanta-based company manufactures water measurement products, according to its website.
In a statement released Friday night, the company said it was left “shocked and deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy.”
“Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones, the first responders, the Aurora community and the entire Mueller family during this extremely difficult time,” the statement reads. “Our entire focus is on the health and well-being of our colleagues, and we are committed to providing any and all support to them and their families.”
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the gunman, who was killed, either by police gunfire or a self-inflicted wound, exchanged bullets with officers who stormed the 29,000 square-foot building at 641 Archer Ave. around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 15.
The gunman opened fire on the officers as soon as they entered the building, Ziman said. Five officers were struck by gunfire and were taken to local hospitals. Two of those officers were airlifted to trauma centers. A sixth officer was being treated for a knee injury, she said.
Visibly shaken, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said there were few words to describe the kind of evil that unfolded today.
“In the state you were elected to lead, in the state you were elected to protect, there is no way to prepare,” Pritzker said. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, and their futures.”
SOURCE: CBS Chicago