Hartford Distributors Update’s

August 3, 2010 by Post Team 

Hartford DistributorsHartford Distributors, Nine people have died in a shootout in the workplace, a Manchester, Ct., Beer distribution warehouse, and an undetermined number wounded.

On the morning of Tuesday, Omar Thornton, a driver for Hartford Distributors, was in a shootout during a shift change in the morning, and then himself, police said.

Mr. Thornton, who had worked for the company for a couple of years, had been called to a disciplinary hearing, according to reports, and headed this morning. It was unclear whether the meeting had taken place before he started shooting.

According to people Brett Hollander, director of marketing for the company, between 50 and 70 were in the store when Thornton opened fire at about 7 am A warehouse fire – has been – added to the chaos. Thornton eventually turned his semiautomatic rifle on himself as police approached.

Mr. Hollander, whose family owns the company, says his cousin, who was shot in the face and arm, was among the wounded. Hollander believes that his cousin will be fine.

“There was a guy who was supposed asked to resign, to come to resign and chose not to and shot my cousin and my co-workers,” he told the Associated Press Hollander.

It is still unclear why Thornton was being disciplined, but a source told the Hartford Courant that he had been suspected of stealing from the company. Joanne Hannah, a former resident of Thornton, whose daughter had dated, also told the Courant that Thornton, who is black, had complained of racial harassment in the workplace and that his superiors had refused to address your complaint.

The shooting is the deadliest in U.S. since 13 people were shot dead in Fort Hood, Texas, last November.

The shooting “was a senseless act of violence that has left us all shaken and reminds us how precious and fragile life really is,” said Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell in a statement of condolence to the families of the victims.

• Wire material was used in this report.

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