The total number of victims killed in the Minneapolis office shooting Thursday has risen to six, after one of the wounded victims passed away at the hospital on Friday.
A man who was fired from the company just hours before walked into the company’s loading dock and began shooting, reports The Detroit Free Press. The shooter killed the owner and four others before he turned the gun on himself.
The shooter has been identified as Andrew Engeldinger, 36, and reports have said that, along with those declared dead, he wounded at least three more people in the Thursday attack at Accent Signage Systems, a sign-making company.
Police Chief Tim Dolan stated that Engeldinger was fired from the company earlier that morning, but returned for the shooting spree around 4:25 pm. The attack lasted roughly 10 to 15 minutes, and police believe that the suspect may have purposely spared some of his former co-workers.
Police did not disclose why Engeldinger was fired and the company declined to give any information out about the attack. Investigators searched the gunman’s home on Thursday night, uncovering another gun and packaging to 10,000 rounds of ammunition. Dolan explained that the packaging signaled to investigators, “He’s obviously been practicing in how to use that gun.”
Among those killed were Accent Signage System’s owner, Reuven Rahamim (61) and UPS driver Keith Basinski. According to Minnesota Public Radio, the Engeldinger family stated that their son, Andrew, struggled with mental illness for years. The family released a statement saying:
“Our hearts go out to the families of the people killed and those who were wounded in this tragedy. Nothing we can say can make up for their loss.”
Other employees who died in the shooting were Rami Cooks, 62; Ronald Edberg, 58; and Jacob Beneke, 34. While they confirmed the shooter as Andrew Engeldinger, they do hot yet know much about the shooter, although his family is cooperating with the investigation.