Illinois factory employee of 15 years kills 5 and injures 11

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New details emerging about the factory massacre in Aurora, Illinois.  

We are learning more about the five victims killed and how the community is coming together during this tragic time. 

Many in the Aurora community still grappling with how a longtime employee of 15 years could walk into the Henry Pratt Factory and open fire.  

Police believe the shooter, 45-year-old Gary Martin, knew he was getting fired when he brought a loaded Smith and Wesson pistol, outfitted with a laser to work Friday.  Martin killed five people, injured 11, including five Aurora Police Officers. 

Police saying Martin should not have had the gun, revealing background checks missed his prior felony conviction which should have stopped him from purchasing a weapon.

Henry Pratt Company planned to fire him saying pre-employment background checks also missed his criminal past.

The community of Aurora now united by the shared shock and sorrow.  Many standing in the freezing rain Sunday night to honor those who lost their lives. 

Five crosses now sit in front of the manufacturing company; one for each victim killed during the shooting.  Of the victims is 21-year-old Northern Illinois University Student Trevor Wehner, who just started his internship. All but one of the five officers are out of the hospital and have made it home so they too can begin the healing process.

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