CHICAGO – Five people were killed, and five police officers were wounded, in a shooting at a manufacturing business in a Chicago suburb Friday afternoon, officials said.
Officers shot and killed the suspected gunman at the scene. He was identified as Gary Martin, 45, a former employee of the company.
WGN reported an “active shooter” situation was underway at the Henry Pratt Company on Archer Avenue in Aurora, Illinois just before 11 a.m. PST. A source told the TV station that an Aurora police officer was “down” and the shooter was “at-large.” “Shots still being fired,” Reporter Meghan Dwyer tweeted around 12:30 p.m.
Reports of 6 shot at Henry Pratt. Plant being evacuated. US Marshalls on the ground. Shooter at large. Shots still being fired.
— Meghan Dwyer (@MeghanAnnDwyer) February 15, 2019
City officials later confirmed that four officers with Aurora Police Department and “a number of civilians” had been injured in the shooting.
SWAT teams, Aurora police, U.S. Marshall’s Task Force and other law enforcement agencies were seen outside the business, with at least a half-dozen ambulances were standing by. Two large businesses and schools in the area were locked down.
There are reports of an active shooter at the Henry Pratt building near Cleveland and Prairie just east of Luigi's Pizza, as a result, we are holding all district students in place for their safety,… https://t.co/jVV1FNOg5v
— School District 129 (@sd129) February 15, 2019
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI were called to the scene, the agencies tweeted.
Aurora, a city of about 200,000 people, is located about 40 miles west of Chicago. It is the second-largest city in Illinois, according to the city’s website. Locals refer to Aurora as “City of Lights,” a nod to it being one of the first American cities to implement a fully electric street lighting system.
Aurora has a strong music and art scene, and is even the setting of the popular buddy-film Wayne’s World. Although a suburb of Chicago, Aurora has a long tradition of manufacturing.