Gunman in Minneapolis Shooting Was Fired Earlier in Day

Friday, 28 Sep 2012 03:49 PM

 

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A man who burst into a sign-making business in Minneapolis, fatally shooting the owner and four others before turning the gun on himself, had been fired from the company earlier in the day, police said Friday.

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan identified the shooter, who injured at least four others in the Thursday afternoon attack, as Andrew J. Engeldinger, 36, of Minneapolis.

Engeldinger had been fired from his job at Accent Signage Systems earlier in the day, Dolan said. He came back about 4:25 p.m., parked his car, walked into the loading dock area and immediately started shooting people. But it also appeared he may have spared some of his former colleagues.

"It's clear he did walk by some people, very clear," Dolan said.

Investigators who searched a house Thursday night in south Minneapolis where Engeldinger lived found another gun and packaging for 10,000 rounds of ammunition in the house.

"He's obviously been practicing in how to use that gun," Dolan said.

Among those killed were businessman Reuven Rahamim, 61, who was the owner of Accent Signage Systems in Bryn Mawr, a mainly residential neighborhood on the northwest side of the city, son-in-law Chad Blumenfield said in a statement.

"Other members of the Accent family tragically lost their lives as well, and we mourn their loss," Blumenfield said. He provided no details.

UPS driver Keith Basinski was also killed, the mail service said in a statement Friday. UPS Northern Plains District President Jill Schubert did not say why Basinski was at the Accent offices. She said the company was "profoundly shocked and saddened" at his death.

Authorities have not revealed the names of the others killed.

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