AURORA – One person is dead and there are multiple injured after a shooting Friday afternoon in Aurora, the Kane County Coronor's office confirmed. The shooting occurred at the Henry Pratt plant in the 400 block of HIghland Avenue on the city's near west side.
Police were called to the plant at approximately 1:30 p.m. to a report of an active shooter. The suspect was reportedly "neutralized" by police at about 3 p.m.
As of 3:04 p.m. the plant remained on lockdown. However, witnesses outside the plant reported hearing gunfire coming from inside the building about 2:55 p.m.
Clayton Muhammad, director of communications for the City of Aurora, announced at 3:15 p.m. the shooter had been "neutralized" by police inside the plant.
A Henry Pratt employee reached by Shaw Media inside the plant said she believed the shooter was an employee at the plant who had been laid off Friday morning.
The employee said the shooter, after being given his layoff notice, went out to his car, got a gun and then came back inside and started shooting.
The employee said "easily about 200 people" work inside the plant.