(NEW YORK) — The shooter who opened fire at a Minnesota sign-making business killed four people before fatally shooting himself, according to police.
The fatal shooting took place at Accent Signage Systems in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis at about 4:35 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement released Friday morning by the Minneapolis Police Department.
The bodies of the four victims were found shortly after police arrived at the scene while evacuating other employees, according to the statement. The five individuals will be identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner Office and their exact causes of death will be released after their investigation is complete.
Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kristine Arneson would only confirm that the shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The motive and gender of the shooter has not been identified by police.
Four other victims were transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center after the shooting. Three of the victims are listed in critical condition with gunshot wounds. The fourth victim had minor injuries, according to police.
“We received three patients who came to the hospital and they are in critical condition and they continue to be in critical condition this evening. They are three adult males,” Christine Hill, the hospital’s Media Relations Specialist, told ABC News Thursday.
Police originally reported that at least two people were killed, but later would only say that “several” bodies had been found inside the business.
Barbara Haynes was driving home from her teaching job when she got stuck in traffic near the scene.
“I’ve never seen that many police vehicles on the scene and SWAT teams, uniforms, the guns…pretty heavy artillery,” Haynes told ABC News.
Marques Jones, 18, of Minneapolis, said he was outside a building down the street having his high school senior pictures taken when he and his photographer heard gunfire that sounded close.
“We heard about four to five gunshots,” Jones said. “We were shocked at what happened and we just looked at each other. We all just took off running to our vehicles.”
Accent Signage Systems’ website says the company makes interior signage and listed its founder as Reuven Rahamim.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said employees who were working when the shootings occurred were together and being cared for Thursday evening.
“We are deeply sorry about what has happened here,” he said, calling the shootings “a horrible tragedy.”
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