Shooting at Illinois business

By Brian Ries, Meg Wagner, Jessie Yeung and Dakin Andone, CNN
12:29 AM ET, Sat February 16, 2019
7:00 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

Five have been confirmed dead in shooting

Five people have been confirmed dead in the Aurora, Illinois, shooting, Chief of Police Kristen Ziman said at a news conference.

Ziman confirmed that the shooter was also killed.

6:26 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

Suspect in Illinois shooting is dead, officials say

From CNN's Mark Morales and Jessica Schneider

The suspect in the Friday shooting at a manufacturing plant in Aurora is dead, two federal law enforcement officials tell CNN.

Social media posts from the city previously said the shooter had been apprehended.

6:17 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

President Donald Trump offers sympathy to shooting victims

President Trump tweeted about the shooting in Aurora on Friday evening, thanking law enforcement for their work and offering a message of solidarity to those affected.

"Great job by law enforcement in Aurora, Illinois," Trump wrote. "Heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their families. America is with you!"

Here's the President's tweet:

5:30 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

Gabby Giffords on shooting at Illinois business: "This must stop"

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, herself a survivor of a horrific mass shooting, criticized President Trump for refusing to "acknowledge a real crisis when he sees one" and said, "Americans should be able to go to work without fear of being shot. This must stop."

See the tweet:

5:30 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

One person has been confirmed dead in Aurora shooting

There's been at least one confirmed fatality in this afternoon's shooting at the business in Aurora, Illinois, according to Chris Nelson of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

5:14 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

Employees at a nearby pallet company didn't hear the gunfire over the sound of nail guns

From CNN's Ray Sanchez

A secretary at a pallet company near the site of the shooting in Aurora said about 8 people found themselves trapped inside as the situation unfolded.

"It's scary," Fanny Cano, a secretary at Diaz Pallets, told CNN earlier. "A police officer came and told us not to go out because it's dangerous," she said. "And a person who was coming to drop off some pallets called us to say to stay inside, there's a shooting outside."

"The police are right outside our door," Cano said. "We use a lot of nail guns here so we didn't notice any gunfire."

Cano said she also got a call from her daughter's school, West Aurora High School, which was on lockdown.

5:01 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

Today's shooting comes one day after the first anniversary of the Parkland massacre

Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton noted that today's shooting in Aurora comes just one day after the first anniversary of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida.

"Yesterday, we paused for a moment of silence in honor of victims in Parkland (2/4/18) and Northern Illinois University (2/14/08). Today, it’s Aurora, IL," she tweeted.

"Gun violence is a #NationalEmergency," she said in a second tweet.

4:51 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

Sen. Tammy Duckworth: "This is a scary, sad day"

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Illinois, thanked the first responders who apprehended the Aurora shooting suspect.

"This is a scary, sad day for all Illinoisans and Americans," she tweeted.

4:46 p.m. ET, February 15, 2019

Sen. Dick Durbin: "My heart breaks for Aurora"

Sen. Dick Durbin, of Illinois, reacted to news of the shooting at the Henry Pratt company on Twitter and said he and his staff are monitoring the situation.

"My heart breaks for Aurora," Durbin wrote. "Thank you to the members of law enforcement who are responding to the emergency."

Here's his tweet: