A gunman armed with a pistol opened fire on co-workers at a manufacturing plant Friday in the southwest Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois, before being apprehended by police, according to media reports.
The Aurora Daily Herald says preliminary reports indicate that four Aurora police officers and multiple civilians were wounded in the shooting at the Henry Pratt Company. CNN reports that the officers were all in “stable condition.”
ABC7 in Chicago quotes police as saying there are “multiple” casualties, but have not reported if that includes any fatalities.
John Probst, a worker at the company, tells ABC7 that the shooter, armed with a pistol, was a co-worker.
“He was shooting everybody . . . As soon as i heard the shot, we left. As soon as I heard it, I took off,” Probst said.
He said one of the victims “came running down and was bleeding pretty bad.”
NBC5 Chicago quoted police as saying the gunman was apprehended.
The Henry Pratt Company is one of North America’s largest manufacturers of valves for the potable water, wastewater, power generation and industrial markets. It’s a subsidiary of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a NYSE publicly traded company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded in 1901.
During World War I, the Henry Pratt Company manufactured propellers for Liberty Ships and in the 1920s, the company made products for electric power plants and gas plants.
The company has a tradition of industry firsts. When welding came into use in the mid 1920s, Pratt was instrumental in the design and production of the first welded smoke stack, which was installed at Commonwealth Edison’s Fisk Street Generating Station.