Rockford Police send SWAT team to Aurora active shooting

AURORA (WREX) — The Rockford Police Department deployed members of its SWAT Team on Friday to respond to a workplace shooting in Aurora, Ill.

A spokeswoman for police tells 13 WREX “RPD ILEAS SWAT, which we are members of, has deployed officers.”

On Friday afternoon, Aurora officials say a shooter entered a building at 641 Archer Ave. Officials confirm five people were killed, five police officers were injured, and the gunman was shot and killed.

Officials say around 1:30 p.m. a gunman opened fire inside 641 Archer Ave., a manufacturing warehouse. When officers entered the building, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman says officers were fired upon as soon as they entered the Henry Pratt Co.

Aurora Fire Department responded with medics, and rescue task forces arrived on scene to continue a response. More officers ran in to the 29,000 square-foot building, and opened fire on the gunman.

Gary Martin, a 45-year-old man who authorities say was an employee at the company, has been identified as the gunman. Police do not know a motive for the shooting at this time, however they say he was going to be terminated from his job on Friday.

The identities of those killed have not been released, however officials say all five of them were employees at the plant. A sixth person is being treated for injuries. All five police officers were taken to nearby hospitals, and two of them were eventually airlifted to Chicago. A sixth officer is being treated for a knee injury.


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