UPDATE: One confirmed dead, possibly four more, in Aurora plant shooting
AURORA – The Kane County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that one person is dead in a shooting that occurred Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt plant in the 400 block of Highland Avenue on the city’s near west side. But a source inside the company, who asked not to be identified told Shaw Media the coroner reported there are five dead, when asking for someone to help identify the victims.
Aurora police are expected to announce further details on the shooting during a press conference at 5:30 p.m. at the Aurora police station.
Police were called to the plant at approximately 1:30 p.m. in response to a report of an shooting at the metal fabricating shop, which manufactures industrial valve actuators and control systems.
As of 3:04 p.m. the plant remained on lockdown. However, witnesses outside the plant reported hearing gunfire coming from inside the building about 2:55 p.m.
Clayton Muhammad, director of communications for the City of Aurora, announced at 3:15 p.m. the shooter had been “neutralized” by police inside the plant.
A Henry Pratt employee reached by Shaw Media inside the plant said she believed the shooter was an employee at the plant who had been laid off Friday morning.
The employee said the shooter, after being given his layoff notice, went out to his car, got a gun and then came back inside and started shooting.
The employee said “easily about 200 people” work inside the plant.