Authorities in Aurora, Illinois, say at five people were killed and many others were injured in a mass shooting at a business on Friday.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the deadly incident unfolded at a manufacturing plant in the Chicago suburb.
According to the New York Times, at least five police officers were among those shot.
Another officer was reportedly treated for an injury to his knee sustained while responding to the active shooting scene, as reported by NBC News.
Law enforcement and emergency personnel covered the area for hours Friday morning and the suspected gunman was reportedly killed after officers opened fire on him.
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman confirmed the details at a news conference later in the day.
She said officers arrived at the scene minutes after the initial calls came in and soon located the suspected gunman, at which point they exchanged gunfire.
“The other officers on the scene located gunshot victims inside the building,” Ziman continued. “At this time, we have confirmed that five victims are deceased.”
Their identities had not been confirmed as of the latest updates available. The suspect was identified as Gary Martin.
A source at Rush Copley Hospital said three victims from the shooting were admitted for treatment of injuries not considered to be life-threatening. Three more were reportedly transported to Presence Mercy Medical Center, where one was later flown via air ambulance to another facility.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital reportedly received one patient each from the scene.
As of the latest updates available, it was unclear what their conditions were.
One man who was able to escape the building when shots first rang out said he saw the gunman and recognized him as a coworker, adding that he was armed with a firearm equipped with a laser.
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