UPDATE: Five dead in Illinois workplace shooting

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UPDATE: Five dead in Illinois workplace shooting
Police report that a shooting has occurred at a manufacturing warehouse in a suburb of Chicago
Police report that a shooting has occurred at a manufacturing warehouse in a suburb of Chicago

(BBC) — Five people have been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire at an industrial park in Illinois, police say.

The gunman was also killed, a police spokesman said. He added that the injured included five police officers.

The attack on Friday took place in Aurora, a suburb about 40 miles (65km) west of Chicago.

It comes a day after the first anniversary of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead.

Police reported an “active shooter” in Aurora at about 14:00 local time (20:00 GMT) and then about an hour later they said the shooting suspect had been apprehended.

Bill Donnell, an elected official in Aurora, told CNN that a number of civilians had also been wounded in the shooting.

Chris Southwood of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police described the Aurora officers wounded on Friday as “courageous”.

“[These] officers and their colleagues did not hesitate to literally put their lives on the line today to stop further bloodshed,” Mr Southwood said in a statement.

The shooting is thought to have happened at Henry Pratt Company, a manufacturing firm that makes valves for large water pipes.

An employee at nearby Capitol Printing told ABC7 they had hid in a closet when the shooting began.

Witness John Probst, who works at the plant, told ABC7 that he saw the attacker, whom he recognised as a colleague.

He said the man was carrying a handgun equipped with a laser sight, but this has yet to be confirmed by officials.

“One of the guys was up in the office [and] 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,” Mr Probst said.

Police in Aurora, Colorado – where a man opened fire in a crowded movie theatre in 2012 – quickly tweeted that the incident was not happening in Colorado.

Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth said: “This is a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans.”

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident, according to White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

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