http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/wor...-1225900822835UPDATE 7.53am: A GUNMAN who killed eight people and himself at a family-owned beer and wine wholesaler in the US had been given the opportunity to either resign or be sacked before his rampage.
Omar S Thornton, 34, reportedly entered Hartford Distributors and fired at 10 employees with a hand gun before turning the gun on himself, Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy said.
He was being escorted from the building when the shooting started, police said.
The Manchester Police Department confirmed nine people died in the shootings, and two were injured.
Mr Thornton was still alive when police arrived on the scene, Mr Montminy told reporters.
Mr Thornton, who is black, had complained about being racially harassed at work, the Hartford Courant reported, citing a woman whose daughter dated Thornton for eight years.
Joanne Hannah said her daughter told her that Mr Thornton complained about the treatment to his superiors, but they did nothing about it.
Ms Hannah said her daughter spoke to Mr Thornton’s mother, who said her son called her yesterday.
Ms Hannah said Mr Thornton told his mother he had shot people, that he loved her and his girlfriend and that he was sorry.
Ms Hannah described Mr Thornton as “the most mellowest, peaceful person” and said she and her daughter were shocked by the news of the shooting.
According to John Hollis, a Teamsters union official, Mr Thornton was a driver at the company who was hired approximately one year ago and was expected to face a disciplinary hearing yesterday.
Meanwhile, police disputed reports that authorities entered Hartford Distributors “with guns blazing".
Lt Joe San Antonio said police did not discharge their weapons when they responded to reports of the shooting.
He said police found the suspected gunman shot in a search of the building.
Earlier yesterday, Brett Hollander, the company’s director of marketing, told the Hartford Courant that when police entered the building where the shooter was located, “They just went in there with guns blazing.”
Mr Hollander said approximately 35 or 40 people were in the company’s office and warehouse when the shooting began shortly before 7:30am local time.
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what gun did he use, how many times did he shoot the people.
Thats a crazy kill ratio, usually people shoot like 10 people and only kill one.
Anyway, so this guy went on the rampage because he was being racially harassed? da fawk?~~~Ö Reptilians of Nibiru Alliance Ö~~~
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08-03-2010, 07:14 PM #3
Did I read that correctly? It appears he was let go, then was being escorted out before opening fire. That means he was a daily gun carrier. Amirite?
Id also suppose he wasnt a licensed carrier due to the fact that he was a criminal. The article did say he had a hearing to go to right? Im too sleepy lol
Anyhow, its a shame no one else was able to carry in the work place or a few lives may have been saved. Maybe. Sure beats waiting for your execution though
EDIT: hearing was at work. So he premeditated it all. That sucks. Still would have been nice if someone else could have helped.
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and apparantly the guy had all his permits and stuff for his guns and frequently went to the range and practiced. it probably wasnt like columbine or niu where the shooters didnt know how to shoot (thank god for that).
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08-05-2010, 11:06 AM #17
black guy kills 9 people. He's the victim. Brilliant. Lol @ the media defending this despicable person because he was 'hounded' by 'racist' white people. Would the media ever make excuses for a white guy who murdered an office full of black people - because if this were the case, and skin colors were reversed, we'd never hear the end of how every white person was an incipient racist murderer. I really can't fathom how the media can continue to make excuses for what seems to be a clear case of an anti-white, racist, hate crime. Unless of course it is purposefully being done - and if so, I'm wondering what is the impetus for doing so. what can be gained by demonizing victims and defending the vigilantes
how low can the standard for civility be set. I wonder.
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