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Another "Assault rifle" shooting. Gunman in Illinois Retail Store Fires at police.

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by CharlesAFerg, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. CharlesAFerg

    CharlesAFerg Beaverton Active Member

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    Gunman in Illinois Retail Store Fires 20 Rounds at Police

    MACOMB, Ill. — Illinois police are in a standoff with a gunman inside a Farm King store, WGEM reported Wednesday.

    There were no immediate reports of injuries.

    KHQA reported that a 911 call came from an employee inside Farm King in Macomb, Ill. at about 12:45 p.m. local time reporting an individual with a rifle inside the store. The station reported that when police officers arrived on the scene, the suspect came out, shot at police, then went back into the store.

    WGEM reported that the suspect fired nearly 20 rounds at the police officers.

    The McDonough County Voice reported that the shooter is an armed white male and the State Journal-Register newspaper said the gunman is masked and carrying an assault rifle. KHQA reported that while police had not confirmed the shooter's identity, they do have a suspect.

    KHQA earlier reported that two Farm King employees were inside the building with the gunman. However, several reports said that two hostages could be seen leaving the store later Wednesday afternoon.

    An eyewitness also told the station that several Farm King employees were seen arriving at a nearby Hy-Vee grocery store crying.

    A person who claimed to witness the incident posted on Twitter under the name @jlafary, who described herself as a student at Western Illinois University in Macomb, said that she was on lockdown at a RadioShack store next door. She tweeted at about 2:40 p.m. local time to say, “The swat team is about to enter Farm King in Macomb.”

    WGEM reported that at least two ambulances and numerous police cars were on the scene.

    WGEM also reported that police are planning to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. local time.

    According to Farm King’s Web site, the company employs 26 people in the corporate office, 26 in the distribution center and 58 at the retail store in Macomb.
  2. matt_w

    matt_w Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Are they sure he didn't just have an umbrella this time?