Connecticut Shooting

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 8:51am

Hear the 911 call made after angry employee goes on a shooting rampage at a beer warehouse in Connecticut.

Connecticut State Police released the audio of Omar Thornton's 911 call after Thornton shot 10 co-workers at a Hartford warehouse, killing nine, including himself this week.

Moments after a deadly shooting rampage at a Connecticut beer distributor, and with police officers surrounding the building, Omar Thornton dialed 911.

911 operator says "we're gonna have to help you surrender yourself here, and not make the situation any worse. You know what I mean?"

Thornton says: "These cops are going to kill me"

That same morning, Thornton, a delivery truck driver, had reported for a disciplinary hearing and was asked to resign.

During the 911 call, Thornton called his workplace "a racist place."

Thornton: "They treatin' me bad over here, and treat all the other black employees bad over here too. So I just take it into my own hands and uh handle the problem. I wish I could of got more of the people."

Also today, the president of the family-owned company refuted Thornton's statement.

Ross Hollander the Hartford Distributors President and CEO said "as for the claims that Omar's actions were due to racial insensitivity, I can state to you unequivocally, that no such claim has ever been brought to our company."

The shooting spree left Thornton's co-workers shaken, and struggling for answers.

Al Bassett a Hartford Distributors truck driver, says "I just, it’s just it’s, it’s unbelievable. It's like a nightmare. It’s unbelievable, I can't believe it happened.

Meanwhile, a close-knit community mourns, and tries to come to terms with a horrific loss.

While company president Ross Hollander said there was no record to support claims of "racial insensitivity," he also said his company will cooperate with any investigation.
 

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