AURORA, IL (Gray News) – A shooter opened fire at a valve manufacturing facility west of Chicago on Friday afternoon, killing at least one person, the Kane County coroner’s office said.
Spokesman Chris Nelson confirmed the fatality.
Multiple people are wounded, including four police officers, authorities said. Several people have been transported to area hospitals. The police officers are in stable condition, officials said.
The shooter was taken into custody about an hour after initial reports of shots fired.
“Active Shooter Incident has been secured. Shooter is no longer a threat to the area,” Aurora Police tweeted. “Continued police presence will remain as investigation continues.”
“THE SHOOTER HAS BEEN APPREHENDED! The area is still on lock down!” the City of Aurora tweeted.
Local and federal law enforcement agencies descended on the scene, including the Aurora Police, a SWAT team from Kane County, the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the U.S. Marshals Service.
There continues to be a large police presence at the Henry Pratt Company, where the shooting reportedly took place. The company is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of valves for the potable water, wastewater, power generation and industrial markets.
Employee John Probst told WLS he recognized the shooter as a coworker and saw injured coworkers. He said the shooter was carrying a pistol with a laser scope.
“One of the guys was up in the office, he said this person was shooting, and, he come running down and he was bleeding pretty bad, and the next thing you know he was walking back and forth, I heard more shots, and we just left the building,” he said.
Probst said he and a coworker escaped through the back door and took shelter in a home.
When the shooting took place, there would have been about 30 people in the building, he said.
Illinois’ two U.S. Senators followed developments from Washington, DC.
“This is a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans,” Sen. Tammy Duckworth tweeted. “Thank you to the brave first responders who risked their lives this afternoon and apprehended the shooter.”
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