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6 Dead, 5 Officers Wounded in Workplace Shooting

Gunman among the dead in Aurora, Illinois
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 15, 2019 3:41 PM CST
Updated Feb 15, 2019 6:19 PM CST
First responders and emergency vehicles are gathered near the scene of a shooting at an industrial park in Aurora, Ill., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.   (Bev Horne/Daily Herald via AP)
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Six people are dead and five officers are wounded after a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago, per the AP. The gunman, identified as 45-year-old Gary Martin, was among the dead at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. The Chicago Sun-Times talks to Martin's mother, who says he was "way too stressed out" after being laid off recently. The officers who were wounded were fired upon as soon as they entered the building, police said. All are in stable condition.

John Probst, an employee at Henry Pratt, tells ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon. Probst says he recognized the gunman. "What I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it," Probst says. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker commended the "amazing" work of law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, crediting them with saving "countless lives." The company makes valves for industrial purposes; its location in Aurora is about 40 miles west of Chicago. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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