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Active shooter kills 5 before being killed by police in Aurora Chicago

Five victims were killed and at least four police officers were injured by gunfire in Aurora, Illinois when a gunman opened fire in an industrial warehouse, according to authorities.

The gunman, identified as Gary Martin, 45, was killed by responding police officers, according to Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman.

Few details about the nature of the afternoon shooting, which unfolded in a town about 40 miles west of Chicago, have been released.



People who escaped the building when the shooting began have described the chaos inside.

“We got out of the back door as soon as we heard shots,” Howard Sebby told ABC News. “We saw one guy get shot, he was a co-worker, he was shot in the arm and back, I think they took him to the hospital.”

Sebby also said he saw the shooter "running," though it was unclear where the gunman may have been going. Sebby and another eyewitness, John Probst, said they were hiding out in a nearby home and being interviewed by police.

Aurora police noted that the location has been "secured" but a "continued police presence will remain as investigation [sic] continues."

Nearby hospital, Rush-Copley Medical Center, tweeted that they have received two patients who are being treated for non-life threatening injuries connected to the shooting.

Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of a shooting at an industrial park in Aurora, Ill., Feb. 15, 2019.
The Chicago field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) responded to the scene, as did FBI agents out of the Chicago field office, a spokesperson for FBI-Chicago told ABC News.

Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of a shooting at an industrial park in Aurora, Ill., Feb. 15, 2019.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that the president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, thanked the "brave" first responders, and called it "a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans."

Law enforcement personnel gather near the scene of a shooting at an industrial park in Aurora, Ill., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.

"I am monitoring the situation in Aurora, Illinois. This is a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans. Thank you to the brave first responders who risked their lives this afternoon and apprehended the shooter," she wrote on Twitter.

The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement hailing the heroism of the responding officers.

"Every police officer dreads days like this one, yet these four courageous Aurora officers and their colleagues did not hesitate to literally put their lives on the line today to stop further bloodshed," the statement said. "These four heroes willingly ran into harm’s way to protect their fellow citizens and very nearly paid the ultimate price."

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