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Shannon Heffernan
Criminal Justice reporter for in Chicago. Covered mental health, poverty. Writes short fiction.
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Patrick Smith 2h
The shooter in Aurora has been identified by his sister as Gary Martin. She said he worked at Henry Pratt for about 20 years, lost his job about 2 weeks ago and was very upset about it. She said police told her they were unsure if he was killed by police or took his own life.
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Michael Puente 2h
Current situation near Henry Pratt Company area off Highland Road in Aurora, Illinois where a gunman opened fire earlier this afternoon. Several roads blocked off. Listen to WBEZ for updates.
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Shannon Heffernan 1h
WBEZ reporters and are both out in Aurora, follow them for updates as the story unfolds
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According to a woman who identified her self as the suspected shooters sister, the shooter had lost his job at the manufacturing plant just weeks ago.
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Shannon Heffernan 2h
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Suspected shooter was ID'd as a former employee of Henry Pratt, where the shootings occurred
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Governor JB Pritzker says he hopes the memories of those died today will fuel the goal of bringing peace to Illinois.
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Irvin is praising first responders who put their lives on line and giving them thanks.
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Mayor of Aurora Richard Irvin says we can’t allow tragedies like this to become common place.
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Shannon Heffernan 2h
Chief Kristen Ziman of Aurora Police says 5 officers were struck by gun fire and 5 people are dead
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Shannon Heffernan 2h
Press conference starting on Aurora shooting any minute now.
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At least one fatality in Aurora shooting, according to one official.
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Shannon Heffernan 4h
We are now expecting a press conference in Aurora on the shooting at 5pm.
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Shannon Heffernan 4h
School District is clear to lift lock down. They are dismissing in the below order
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Shannon Heffernan 4h
Aurora Police Department says we can expect a press conference soon, and getting more information.
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Shannon Heffernan 4h
According to official source, the shooter has been apprehended. We have not gotten official numbers on people shot.
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Shannon Heffernan 12h
Excellent reporting from
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Shannon Heffernan Feb 12
Yes, we have had coverage of this shooting on-air.
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Shannon Heffernan Feb 12
Worth a listen, especially for people who have been following the whole Van Dyke case.
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Mick Dumke Feb 12
Law enforcement officials, including Chicago police, regularly monitor social media. Now it turns out they've been working with schools to track students, a "virtual stop and frisk" usually done w/out the knowledge of the students or parents. By
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Evan F Moore Feb 11
Activist and journalist Ida B. Wells, the namesake of Ida B. Wells Drive, wrote one of our country's first investigative journalism pieces. The work became the book “The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States."
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