Aurora attacker took gun to firing

Tuesday, 19 Feb, 2019

Aurora police chief Kristen Ziman confirmed that Trevor Wehner was one of the five victims who police say were gunned down by Gary Martin, 45, a "disgruntled" worker who had been called into a meeting to be terminated, and who had brought the gun to work that day because he apparently had suspected as much, Ziman said.

However, in January 2014, Martin applied for and was issued an Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOI) card, which is required to own or purchase a gun in Illinois.

Police say the fired worker who killed five people at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois, was able to buy the gun he used because an initial background check didn't catch that he had a prior felony conviction in Mississippi.

Investigators were seeking to determine why Martin was not forced to relinquish his gun before the shooting, Ziman said.

Freeman told CBS Chicago Wehner was expected to graduate in May with a degree in Human Resource Management.

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He also had a 1995 felony conviction for aggravated assault in MS that should have prevented him from buying his gun, Ziman said.

Martin should have been legally barred from purchasing a gun due to his felony record. "I've seen him out there with his drones", she said. Police also have not said where and how Martin obtained the gun.

Workers look out an office window following a shooting at the Henry Pratt Company on February 15, 2019 in Aurora, Illinois.

The five officers - who were fired on nearly immediately upon arriving to multiple calls of an active shooter at the water valve manufacturing plant at 641 Archer Ave. - range in age from 23 to 53.

"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.

Martin killed the other three people in the room with him and two others just outside, Ziman said.

Trevor Wehner, 21, a student at Northern Illinois University, showed up Friday and got pulled into a meeting with supervisors at a warehouse of the Henry Pratt Aurora, Illinois, which makes valves for water treatment equipment and power generators.

Authorities received the first calls for an active shooter at 1:24 p.m. and officers arrived four minutes later.

Chris Southwood of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police described the Aurora officers who attended and were shot as "courageous".

A company background check of Martin when he joined Henry Pratt 15 years ago did not turn up a 1995 felony conviction for aggravated assault in Mississippi, Hall said.

Authorities identified the other plant workers who were killed as Josh Pinkard, the plant manager; Clayton Parks, the human resources manager; Russell Beyer, a mold operator; and Vicente Juarez, a stock room attendant and fork lift operator.

One of the victims in Friday's mass shooting at the Henry Pratt warehouse in Aurora had been working at the plant for two decades, while another was on the job as an intern on his very fist day. She had just learned that the shooter lived close by and his unit in the complex had been taped off by police.

Five police officers were also wounded by gunfire before Martin was killed in a shootout with police. Martin was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police. My best friend! The man I would have leaned on during devastation like this who would tell me, 'It's ok Terra, it is all going to be fine.' The man who was dying and found the clarity of mind for just a second to send me one last text to let me know he would always love me.

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