Minneapolis Shooter Spared Some, Shot Others; Fifth Victim Dies
(MINNEAPOLIS) — The man who shot up a Minneapolis sign-making business selected his targets carefully, walking past some employees while shooting others, police said Friday.
Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan Friday detailed Andrew Engeldinger’s shooting rampage as a fifth victim died from wounds. Engeldinger shot himself in the head, bringing the total of Thursday’s carnage to six.
Engeldinger, 36, shot up Accent Signage Systems Thursday afternoon just hours after he was fired from the company.
“It was a case he was terminated that day. He did come back about 4:25 to that location, parked his car and walked in the loading dock area and immediately started shooting people at that location,” Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said during a news conference Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The chief said Engeldinger did not fire indiscriminately at people, but picked out his targets.
“It’s clear he did walk by some people, he did walk by people to get to certain other members of the business,” Dolan said.
The chief said Engeldinger used a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol he had owned for about a year. Police who searched Engeldinger’s home early Friday found another gun, Dolan said. He said that Engeldinger had purchased the guns a year ago and had been practicing shooting them. They found packaging for 10,000 rounds of ammunition in the house, he said.
“He’s obviously been practicing in how to use that gun,” Dolan said.
The bodies of the four victims were found shortly after police arrived at the scene while evacuating other employees, according to a police statement.
Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kristine Arneson said Engeldinger died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The company’s owner, Reuven Rahamim, was killed in the shooting as well as United Parcel Service driver Keith Basinski. The other three victims’ names were not released.
Two people also injured in Thursday’s shooting remained at Hennepin County Medical Center Friday. One was in serious condition and the other remained critical.
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 Rahamim.
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