Report: Illinois shooter promised to kill people if he was fired

CHICAGO – The gunman who opened fire at a suburban Chicago factory in February, the killing of five colleagues before he was killed by the police, said a colleague the morning of the recording, that if he was fired he was going to kill every other employee, and “blow the police,” prosecutors said in a report released Monday.

The Henry Pratt Co. employee told authorities in Aurora that he knew Gary Martin carried a firearm in his car, but he didn’t report Martin’s comments to his superiors, since he systematically “off the wall” statements and that he did not believe that Martin would do anything violent, according to the nine-page Kane County State Attorney’s office report.

Although it is widely reported that Martin had dismissed, the report marks the first time that officials have stated that Martin’s firing came during a Feb. 15 disciplinary meeting that was called, because of his refusal to make war goggles. Also, the events immediately before the shooting, including the fact that Martin could be seen, “walking over to his workstation to retrieve something,” putting on a hoodie and goes to the bathroom just before the meeting.

The report that the details of the recording shows that after Martin was told by Clayton Parks, the company’s human resources manager whom he had fired, Martin used profanity and then began to shoot. Parks was one of the people killed.

The reports gives an overview of the response of the police, beginning with officials dispatched to the scene at 1:24 pm, the five-minute period in which five officers were shot inside and outside the building, and looking to Martin that ended with him fatally shot by law enforcement.

It also contains an autopsy showed that Martin was shot six times, including once in the middle of his forehead.

The report concludes that the officers who fired at Martin were justified in the use of deadly force.

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