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    9 killed in shooting at Conn. beer distributorship

    MANCHESTER, Conn. A warehouse driver who a union official said was caught on video stealing beer from the distributorship where he worked went on a shooting rampage there Tuesday, killing eight people and wounding two before committing suicide, authorities said.

    Omar Thornton, 34, pulled a handgun after a meeting in which he had been offered the chance to quit or be fired, Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy said.

    The gunman, who was black, had complained of racial harassment and said he found a picture of a noose and a racial epithet written on a bathroom wall, the mother of his girlfriend said. Her daughter told her that Thornton's supervisors told him they would talk to his co-workers.

    James Battaglio, a spokesman for the families who own the distributorship, said he had no immediate information about the allegations of racial harassment. And a union official said Thornton had not filed a complaint of racism with the union or any government agency.

    Thornton had been caught on videotape stealing beer, Teamsters official Christopher Roos said.

    "It's got nothing to do with race," Roos said. "This is a disgruntled employee who shot a bunch of people."

    Thornton's girlfriend had been with him the night before the rampage and had no indication he was planning it, said her mother, Joanne Hannah.

    On Tuesday morning, about 50 to 70 people were in the warehouse about 10 miles east of Hartford during a shift change when the gunman opened fire around 7 a.m., said Brett Hollander, whose family owns the distributorship. Adding to the chaos at the warehouse was a fire, which was put out. Montminy said he didn't know how the fire started, but didn't think it was set.

    The shooting was over in a matter of minutes, Montminy said. The victims were found all over the complex, and authorities don't know if Thornton fired randomly or targeted specific co-workers, Montminy said.

    After shooting his co-workers, Thornton called his mother, Hannah said.

    "He wanted to say goodbye and that he loved everybody," Hannah said.

    Thornton was alive when police got to the scene but killed himself before officers got to him, Montminy said.

    Hannah said her daughter Kristi had dated Thornton for the past eight years. Kristi Hannah did not return calls for comment.

    "Everybody's got a breaking point," Joanne Hannah said.

    Hannah described Thornton as an easygoing guy who liked to play sports and video games. She said he had a pistol permit and had planned to teach her daughter how to use a gun.

    Hollander's cousin, who's a vice president at the company, was shot in the arm and the face. Hollander said he thought his cousin would be OK.

    "There was a guy that was supposed to, was asked to resign, to come in to resign and chose not to and shot my cousin and my co-workers," Hollander said.

    Among the dead was Bryan Cirigliano, 51, of Newington, president of Teamsters 1035, according to the union secretary. The Hartford Courant identified another victim as Victor James, 59, of Windsor.

    The rampage was the nation's deadliest since 13 people were fatally shot at Fort Hood, Texas, last November. A military psychiatrist is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in that case.

    And in Connecticut, a state lottery worker gunned down four supervisors in 1998 before committing suicide, and six people were killed in 1974 in botched robbery at a bakery in New Britain. Two men were convicted of that crime.

    On Tuesday, a few dozen relatives and friends of the victims gathered a few miles away at Manchester High School. Outside, people talked, hugged and cried. Others talked on cell phones.

    Police officers from numerous agencies and police and fire vehicles surrounded the warehouse, on a tree-lined road in an industrial park just west of a shopping mall.

    The Hollander family is widely respected in Manchester, said state Rep. Ryan Barry, a lifelong resident. He said the family-owned Hartford Distributors sponsors local sports teams and the family is civic-minded.

    "Everybody knows the Hollanders as good, generous, upstanding people," Barry said. "They're embedded in the community. Everyone knows Hartford Distributors. They treat their employees very well and they're part of the fabric of the town."

    In a statement, Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell offered condolences to the victims' families and co-workers.

    "We are all left asking the same questions: How could someone do this? Why did they do this?" she said.

    9 killed in shooting at Conn. beer distributorship | General Headlines | Comcast.net

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    Unhappy Right up the road.....

    I live just a short drive away. This is a terrible tragedy made worse by the fact that this scum bag was a permit holder.
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomboy007 View Post
    I live just a short drive away. This is a terrible tragedy made worse by the fact that this scum bag was a permit holder.
    is that confirmed or just some media hype?
    "The sword dose not cause the murder, and the maker of the sword dose not bear sin" Rabbi Solomon ben Isaac 11th century
    "Don't be so open minded that your brains fall out!" Father John Corapi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheldon View Post
    is that confirmed or just some media hype?
    Unfortunately, Sheldon, this is confirmed. In fact, both of the handguns involved were registered with the state, which is not even a legal requirement.

    What I would really like to know, at this point, is what the firearms in the workplace policy of the company entails. Do they, like my present employer, prohibit legally licensed employees from carrying their concealed weapons at work? How many less would have died if someone had been able to meet force with force?
    "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." Thomas Jefferson

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    This unfortunate event will be used as more fodder for the anti's propaganda machine. They will try to incite hysteria and use it to play their "see we told you guns should be banned" rhetoric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronwill View Post
    This unfortunate event will be used as more fodder for the anti's propaganda machine. They will try to incite hysteria and use it to play their "see we told you guns should be banned" rhetoric.
    There are to many of these mass shootings going down. We never hear about the ones, or twos that probably happen every week.
    We live in a different society.
    What I find odd is many of these so called "gunmen" reguarly attend religous services.

    Something has to be done. What, I don't have any idea.

    In this case, the company was getting rid of a thief. The perp pulls out the race card and guns down innocent people. We don't know if racism happened. It is no excuse for pulling the trigger.

    That asian man in Wisconsin a few years ago claimed racism as a reason for shooting five people with his SKS.

    Rasicsm is still going strong here in America. However, it is never an excuse for murder.

    My heart goes out to all the families effected by this.

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    Iceman I have to disagree. Remember the shooting down in Florida not to long ago? White guy and an office shooting for much the same reason. He had been laid off and blamed his previous employers for all his problems. Race has nothing to do with this and the race card is played far to often for no reason. People need to stand up and accept responsibility for their actions, it's just that simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronwill View Post
    Iceman I have to disagree. Remember the shooting down in Florida not to long ago? White guy and an office shooting for much the same reason. He had been laid off and blamed his previous employers for all his problems. Race has nothing to do with this and the race card is played far to often for no reason. People need to stand up and accept responsibility for their actions, it's just that simple.
    You disagree with what? Further rerports state the gunman called 911, and told them he killed those folks because they were "racist"
    Those were his words, not mine.
    This thead is about the beer warehouse. Not the gunman in Florida. Not the nutbag doctor in Fort Hood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theicemanmpls View Post
    You disagree with what? Further rerports state the gunman called 911, and told them he killed those folks because they were "racist"
    Those were his words, not mine.
    This thead is about the beer warehouse. Not the gunman in Florida. Not the nutbag doctor in Fort Hood.
    With the racism aspect. Am I not allowed to site examples from other shootings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronwill View Post
    With the racism aspect. Am I not allowed to site examples from other shootings?
    Here is the news from a reliable source. The 911 call from the gunman.
    You can site what ever you want fella.
    "You probably want to know the reason for this," Omar Thornton said in a relaxed tone."This place is a racist place. They treat me bad over here and all the other black employees bad over here too."

    "So I took it into my own hands and handled the problem," he said. "I wish I could've got more of the people."

    "I'm not going to kill nobody else though," said Thornton. "I'm calmed down."

    Thornton refused to tell the operator where in the building he was located, "These cops are going to kill me," he said.

    "When they find me that's when everything's going to be over," said Thornton.

    Connecticut Shooting: Hartford Distributors CEO Ross Hollander Denies Racism Set Off Omar Thornton - ABC News

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