AURORA, Ill. "The shooter who shot and killed five co-workers and injured five policemen after he was fired from his job had abolished his arms permit five years ago after a background check occurred in a previous felony conviction in Mississippi," police said Saturday.
Sagittarius Gary Martin, 45, was shot and killed by police after the officers swarmed the scene Friday at the Henry Pratt Company factory in Aurora, Illinois.
The chief of police of Christian Kristen Ziman said investigators are trying to determine why Martin could continue to have a Smith & Wesson gun, even after it was discovered, he was rejected for a hidden bear state.
"Absolutely he wasn't supposed to have a gun," Ziman said.
Three of the victims, including two who worked in the personnel department, were shot during the meeting where Martin ended, Ziman said. The other two were killed in another part of the 29,000 square meter warehouse, Ziman said.
Police still do not know why Martin was firing.
Gary Martin, alleged gunman in Aurora, Ill. Shooting on February 15, 2019. (Photo11: Aurora Illinois Police Department)
Ziman told reporters that Martin had six previous arrests, including one year 2008 for a secret case and one year 2017 for disorderly behavior and criminal property damage .
She said he had issued an Illinois firearm ID and then bought the Smith & Wesson gun from a local dealer on March 11, 2014. The gun believed to be used in rampage.
Five days later, when applying for a hidden bear state, his fingerprints showed up a felony conviction in Mississippi in 1995. At that time, firearms shoot I.D. allows him to carry the gun recalled.
"During fingerprints and the background process, it was discovered that he had a felony conviction for aggravated attacks from the Mississippi," Ziman said. "It should be noted that this belief would not have appeared on a criminal background check conducted for a FOID card."
In addition to the five deaths, five Aurora officers received life-threatening shootings under the ramp, Ziman said. A sixth officer received a minor injury that was not related to gunfire.
The dead were identified as Clayton Parks, by Elgin, Ill., A Human Resources Manager; Trevor Wehner, of DeKalb, Ill. a staff interest and student at Northern Illinois University; Russell Beyer, Yorkville, Ill, a mold operator; Vicente Juarez of Oswego, Ill., A warehouse manager and forklift operator; and Josh Pinkard, of Oswego, Ill. was the plant manager.
Henry Pratt Company, about 40 miles west of Chicago, is one of North America's largest manufacturers of drinking water, wastewater, power generation and industrial valves. It is a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a NYSE listed company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded in 1901.
During the First World War, Henry Pratt Company made propellers for the Liberty Ships and in the 1920s, the company made products for power plants and gas plants.
The company has a tradition of the industry's first. When welding came into use in the mid-1920s, Pratt was instrumental in the design and manufacture of the first welded smoke stack, which was installed at the Commonwealth Edison's Fish Street Generating Station.
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