One suspect has been arrested and at least one person has died after a gunman opened fire at a steel facility in Aurora, Illinois. Four officers are among ‘multiple’ injuries at the scene.
Aurora police responded to the reported shooting shortly after 2.00 p.m. local time, with ATF and FBI agents following shortly afterwards.
Law enforcement and emergency personnel promptly surrounded the steel plant.
The shooter was taken into custody at 3.00 p.m. local time, the city reported on Twitter.
“We have an ongoing active shooter incident at 641 Archer Av. This is an ongoing active scene.
“ We will provide more information once confirmed,” Aurora (IL) Police (@AuroraPolice twitted.
In a Twitter update, police have confirmed that the shooter no longer poses a threat to the community.
“Active Shooter Incident has been secured,” Police stated, noting that officers would remain in the area amid the ongoing investigation.
“Active Shooter Incident has been secured. The shooter is no longer a threat to the area.
“Continued police presence will remain as the investigation continues. Parents, please contact your local school districts for dismissal plan.”
“Multiple victims” have been taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove and Amita Health Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, The Daily Herald reported.
There are also unconfirmed reports that at least one civilian was killed in the shooting.
Four police officers have been injured in the shootout with the suspect, ABC7 correspondent Mark Rivera reported on Twitter.
One witness who escaped the building told local news that he recognised the shooter as a coworker.
The shooter was firing indiscriminately inside the building, the employee told ABC7.
Witnesses told Rivera the alleged gunman showed up for work like “any other day” on Friday.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker tweeted that he is monitoring the situation while calling on the locals to follow police guidelines.