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Another US mass shooting...five killed by man about to be fired

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Police officers at the scene of the shooting

Police in the state of Illinois, in the United States (US) say a man who was about to be dismissed from his job went on a deadly rampage at his workplace yesterday killing five people and injuring several others.

The latest mass shooting in the US took place at Henry Pratt Company, a manufacturing firm in Aurora, a suburb located about 40 miles west of Chicago.

Police identified the gunman as Gary Martin, 45, who had worked at the company for 15 years.

Martin was reportedly killed during an exchange of gunfire with police officers.

It’s reported that four police officers were injured during the incident.

The Aurora Police say they have information which indicates that Martin “was being terminated today [yesterday]".

The shooting comes almost one year after Nikolas Cruz, then 19-years-old, allegedly opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, killing 17 students and injuring 17 staff members.

Investigators declined to speculate on a motive, but the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper quoted relatives as saying that Martin was "stressed out" over being made redundant by the company, which makes valves for large water pipes.

A witness, John Probst, who works at Henry Pratt, told reporters that he saw the attacker, whom he recognised as a colleague.

According to Probst, the man was carrying a handgun equipped with a laser sight, but this has not yet been confirmed by officials.

"One of the guys was up in the office [and] he said this person was shooting, and, he came running down and he was bleeding pretty bad... I heard more shots, and we just left the building," Probst said.

The names of the five people who were killed have not yet been released.

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