August 3, 2010 / 6:05 PM / 8 years ago

Nine dead in Connecticut workplace shooting

BOSTON (Reuters) - Nine people were killed on Tuesday in a shooting rampage at a beer distributor in Manchester, Connecticut, police said.

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The suspected gunman shot eight people before killing himself in the 7:30 a.m. rampage at Hartford Distributors, a family-owned beer wholesaler 10 miles/1.6 km east of the state capital, said Christopher Davis of the Manchester Police Department.

The Hartford Courant identified the gunman as Omar Thornton, 34, recently hired by the company as a driver. A Teamsters Union official said Thornton had been headed to a disciplinary meeting when he started shooting.

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell issued a statement of condolence to the victims’ families. “It was a senseless act of violence that has left us all shaken and reminds us just how precious and fragile life truly is.”

Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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