National Digest: Aurora shooter had gun permit revoked

Gary Martin opened fire on his colleagues and work mates of over a decade after he was sacked from a suburban Chicago manufacturing company, authorities said.

Gary Martin, who was killed in a shootout with officers Friday, ending his deadly rampage at the Henry Pratt Co.in Aurora, was issued a firearm owner's identification card in January 2014 after a background check failed to show a 1995 aggravated assault conviction in Mississippi, Aurora police Chief Kristen Ziman said Saturday.

But during the fingerprinting and background process it was discovered that he had a felony conviction for assault in MS, police said.

The reporter followed up by asking if authorities should have confiscated the suspect's firearm after his FOID card was revoked, to which Ziman replied: "That's what we are determining right now as part of our investigation ... absolutely he was not supposed to be in possession of a firearm".

Wehner, 21, from the village of Sheridan, Illinois, was on track to graduate in May from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with a degree in human resource management, the school said.

Zanis said he'd like to make crosses with the victims' names and put them up near Henry Pratt Co.

The apparent background check lapse was likely to draw renewed scrutiny to a system that allowed a gun merchant to sell a weapon to a convicted felon who was legally barred from possessing one.

"I remember him pushing my head into that brick wall outside the apartment and thinking that he was going to kill me".

The 32-year-old from Elgin, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Aurora, had just joined Henry Pratt in November 2018 as HR manager responsible for operations in Aurora, Illinois, Hammond, Indiana and Denver, the company said. "I heard more shots, and we just left the building", Mr Probst said.

"He was "running down the aisle" with a pistol that had a green laser sight on it", said John Probst, a 40-year employee of Henry Pratt Co. who survived the shooting. They included a plant manager, a human resources manager, an intern on his first day, and two other workers who were gunned down in the attack.

Within five minutes of police arriving, Martin had shot the five officers at the warehouse. When police found Martin, he fired at the officers, who then killed him, Ziman said.

In a statement to students and faculty, Northern Illinois University president Lisa C. Freeman spoke on Wehner and Parks. A sixth officer was injured in the incident, but not by gunfire, police said.

According to police, Martin was convicted of a felony for aggravated assault in MS in 1995. Officers killed Martin during an exchange of gunfire, Ziman said.

"We're assessing if there is anything we could have done or could do in the future", Hall said, adding that he was certain there were some shortcomings that would need to be addressed.

"A life long friend of my boys, was a young man starting his first day on the job at Henry Pratt and was an HR intern who sat in and observed the termination of the shooter!"

Police in Aurora, Illinois, have responded to an active shooter situation at a manufacturing business, a police source told CNN. It was only when they flipped on the television news that they realized Martin had killed people just a few hundred feet away. "I promise to expedite the programs we have been working on to place more barriers against this ever happening again in Kane County", Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said in a post on Facebook.

"He was probably waiting for us to get to him there", Aurora police Lt. Rick Robertson said.

The five victims killed during a mass shooting at an il factory have been identified.

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