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A gunman opened fire in Aurora, killing five people and wounding five police officers
A gunman opened fire in Aurora, killing five people and wounding five police officers

CHICAGO: On Friday, A gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was slain, law enforcement officials said. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the gunman, identified as Gary Martin, 45, was an employee at the industrial complex.

The Aurora Police Department said in a tweet shortly after 2 p.m. CST "We have an active shooter incident at 641 Archer Av. This is an active scene. Please avoid the area,"adding that additional details would be forthcoming. The city of Aurora, which is roughly 50 miles (80.5 km) west of Chicago tweeted about an hour later that a suspect had been arrested. THE SHOOTER HAS BEEN APPREHENDED! The area is still on lock down! More information will be provided soon," the city said.

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It is to be noted that at least one person was killed in the attack, a spokesman for the Kane County Coroner said. Four police officers and several civilians were wounded in the attack, Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge President Chris Southwood said in a written statement.

However two of the people injured in the shooting were taken to Rush Copley Medical Centre in Aurora where they are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, hospital spokeswoman Courtney Satlak said in an email to Reuters. The wounded police officers were in stable condition at a local hospital, Clayton Muhammad, spokesman for the City of Aurora, told the local ABC affiliate. Video on local media showed numerous police cars surrounding a large commercial building in Aurora, the ground covered in snow. Witness John Probst told that in an interview that he saw the gunman, a co-worker, running down an aisle of the manufacturing facility with a pistol equipped with a laser sight. Probst told the network that he saw people bleeding.

West Aurora School District 129 said on Twitter that all students in the district were being held in a "soft lockdown" on direction of the county sheriff. A spokeswoman for U.S. President Donald Trump said that he was aware of the incident.

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