5 Citizens Killed By Mass Shooter, 5 Cops Shot While Running In To Take Him Out

Five police officers have been shot and five citizens have been killed.

Aurora, IL - Five police officers were shot Friday while responding to an active shooter where a gunman fatally shot five people.

The incident happened at around 1:24 p.m. when Gary Martin, 45, opened fire on factory workers at the Henry Pratt Company, according to ABC News.

Martin was reportedly a worker at the company.

Five workers were fatally shot, and an undisclosed number were wounded. The first responding officers ran into the gunfight, and five of the officers were shot.

Officers were able to kill Martin in the gunfight.

The motive for the shooting has not been released at this time. However, ABC7 reports that Martin was being fired from the company after 15 years of working there, and that he pulled his gun at his termination meeting.

All five officers are reported to be in stable condition, although two needed to be airlifted out due to the severity of their injuries.

Factory worker John Probst said that Martin was shooting people with a pistol equipped with a laser, according to ABC News.

Martin is a convicted felon for aggravated assault, according to ABC7.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman thanked the officers during the press conference. "Thank you for running towards gunfire and putting your lives in danger to protect those inside the business," she said.

President Trump took to Twitter to offer his thanks to law enforcement. Senators also thanked first responders and called for action against "gun violence."

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Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

For those who do not know the whole story about the shooter & how he came to have a gun. Illinois done a background check, he was given a FOID card which was then revoked but not before he purchased a gun which was not confiscated after the card was revoked. If Illinois would do more extensive searches in data bases for criminals he would not have had the FOID card. IE; fingerprint & FBI background check which is how I obtained mine in NC. I came home & received my FOID card via the same way. My daughter informed me they are no longer doing fingerprint or FBI checks!

jobaum
jobaum

Wow....guns are an object and cannot kill on their own and it is interesting how they are blamed and not the individual that is responsible....He was a felon and our laws did not stop him....but of course we need more laws....maybe the gun was stolen so maybe the person he stole the gun from is responsible.....SHEEEEESH! I guess we need laws for this and laws to stop knives from being made and used as weapons....as the knife is at fault for lots of deaths!!!!!!

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

Shooter was issued an Illinois FOID in error. The blood of the dead and maimed are on the hands of the apparatchiks in Springfield. I strongly suspect NO ONE in government will be held accountable for this.

CA27251
CA27251

"We The People" aren't the ones who need "gun control". What we need is enforcement of existing laws. The man was a convicted felon. He shouldn't have had a gun in the first place! --But, laws or no laws, he had one anyway. He did the killing. Felons who want guns will always find a way to get them!

junkmansj
junkmansj

DEMOCRAT "GRAVEDANCERS" Do not even let the blood dry!

"WHEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS SHOT ,NONE BLAMED THE GUN"