Aurora, Illinois, shooting: what we know

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 a worker who was being fired at the Henry Pratt Company, a manufacturing warehouse.

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 officers responded to reports of a shooting at the Henry Pratt Company building in Aurora, Illinois, city 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. One other person was injured.
  • The injured police officers were stabilized, a city spokesperson told WGN-TV.

A map of the location of the Aurora, Illinois, shooting at the Henry Pratt Company building.

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  • The shooter was identified as Gary Martin, believed to be an employee at the Henry Pratt Company. He was being fired on Friday, Ziman said.
  • 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.
  • Both US senators from Illinois tweeted as well.

What we don’t know

  • The identities of the victims