On Tuesday, Eight people were killed and the lone shooter has died with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at beer distributorship in Manchester, Connecticut.
Omar Thornton 34, accused of stealing beer from Hollander Distribution seen on videotape showing him taking the beer, fired on Tuesday when he began a shooting spree killing eight wounding two before Thornton turn the gun on himself.
According to Manchester Chief of Police Marc Montminy said Thornton pulled the gun after he told by his boss to either quit or be fired.
Thornton alleges that he has complained about his co-workers using racist harassment and found a picture of a noose and a racial word scrawled on a bathroom wall his girlfriend’s mother said. Thornton girlfriend said his supervisor were to talk with his co-workers.
Thornton boss Brett Hollander, whose family owns the distributorship, said, “I can assure you there has never been any racial discrimination at our company.” And a union official said Thornton had not filed a complaint of racism with the union or any government agency.
The Teamster official Christopher Roos said Thornton was seen on videotape taking the beer.”It’s got nothing to do with race,” Roos said. “This is a disgruntled employee who shot a bunch of people.”
There were between 50-70 employees when the Thornton came in 7 A.M. Tuesday morning. It took a few minutes then it was over. Steve Hollander, said there was a small fire in the warehouse that broke out at the same time. The fire was put out said Police Chief Montminy.
Montminy said there were victims throughout the warehouse. He did not know if the victims were specific targets of Thornton or random bystanders.
Thornton was alive when he shot but he took his own life when police was closing in on him.
Police would not released the names of victims, however three of the dead identified:
Among the dead was Bryan Cirigliano, 51, of Newington, president of Teamsters 1035, according to the union. He had been Thornton’s representative at Tuesday’s disciplinary hearing, the union said.
Bill Ackerman, a 51-year-old warehouseman, also was killed, said his girlfriend, Stephanie Laurin.
“I was like, ‘Where’s Billy, where’s Billy?’ and they said they hadn’t seen him. And then one of his co-workers told me … that he saw the shooter go to where Billy’s room is that he works in,” she said. “I was just praying to God that he was OK.”
Ackerman, who enjoyed playing golf and rooting for the Boston Red Sox, had worked for the company for about 20 years, she said.
The Hartford Courant identified another victim as Victor James, 59, of Windsor. Two victims were being treated at Hartford Hospital.
Family and friends arrived at warehouse trying to find out what happened.