UPDATED: Former Employee Opens Fire, Kills Five, Self at Minneapolis Business

A shooting Thursday at a Minneapolis neighborhood business has sent ripples throughout the Twin Cities as victims are identified. The suspect, who Minneapolis Police confirmed was released from his job earlier that day, killed himself.

UPDATE (5:51 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28)

Minneaplis Police had reported earlier that Engeldinger returned to the workplace in the afternoon after being fired the morning of Sept. 27. Police now say the earlier reports were incorrect and Engeldinger was brought into the front office at the end of the work day to be terminated and then took out the weapon and began shooting in the office.


UPDATE (4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28) - Minneapolis Police and staff at Hennepin County Medical Center have confirmed a sixth victim in the shooting at Accent Signage Systems has died. 

The victim's name has not been released. 

More information on the five people kiled by Andrew Engeldinger Thursday afternoon is expected soon. 

Engeldinger, who shot and killed himself to end the rampage, was terminated from his job Thursday morning. 


UPDATE (2:38 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28) - Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan confirmed that the shooter was Andrew Engeldinger of Minneapolis, and that the man had been released from his job earlier that day. 

"Other than that, there's not much on him," Dolan told local and national media outside of the crime scene Friday afternoon. "

Dolan also confirmed the two victims named by local media in initial reports: owner Reuven Rahamim, 61 and local UPS driver Keith Basinski, 50.  


Dolan and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak held a press conference to brief the media on the latest information in the case.

The scene was "hellish," Dolan said, when Minneapolis Police arrived, with assistance from surrounding communities. Hennepin County also arrived, with minutes of the initial 911 emergency calls, which Dolan confirmed came from inside the building.

The entire incident took about 10 to 15 minutes, he added.

"With the information that we have, it couldn't have lasted much longer than that," he said.

Engeldinger gained access to the building via a loading dock, and was "selective" about who he shot and where. 

"It's clear he passed people by," Dolan said.

The chief also confirmed that Engeldinger was met with resistence from an employee, but did not elaborate.

A search today of the shooter's home revealed packaging for more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition. He had one handgun in the home, which was not identified. A Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun was found at the scene. A 9mm shell casing was found near Engeldinger, who had shot himself.

Dolan confirmed that the three vicitims still hospitalized all suffered "critical" wounds.

"Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with those people," he said.

He also said three Minneapolis Police officers are now on paid administrative leave, a practice used when officers are in a traumatic sitauation.

Mayor Rybak said a fund for the victicms has been set up via Wells Fargo Banks throughout the metro area. Neighbors to Accent Signage were players in helping start the fund, he said.

"These people around this business and in the neighborhood have been amazing. They're hoping to move on as you continue your coverage elsewhere," Rybak said.  


The Twin Cities area is "shocked" after a authorities suspect a Minneapolis man entered his former place of employment and opened fire, killing four people before fleeing to a warehouse and turning the gun on himself. 

The shooting took place in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood at Accent Signage Systems, located at 2322 Chestnut Ave. W. in Minneapolis. 

Police and media officials have said the suspected shooter is believed to be a 36-year-old former employee, Andrew J. Engeldinger, 36, of Minneapolis. 

The man's identity will be confirmed by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office soon. 

Among the four people who were killed was Accent Signage owner and founder Reuven Rahamim, 61, a resident of St. Louis Park and respected member of both his community and faith. Rahamim's death was confirmed by his son-in-law and by several friends. 

Rahamim was visited by U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez in August, according to Finance and Commerce magazine.

St. Louis Park Patch reports Rahamim was seen as a visionary in his field.

Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, called Rahamim a "local and beloved Jewish community member" in a statement.

"Reuven was a wonderful family man and deeply committed to his synagogue, community, country, and native Israel," Hunegs wrote.

Keith Basinski, 50, was the second of four victims identified who police say was shot dead by Engeldinger.

Basinski was a driver for United Parcel Service. His truck, strung with police tape outside the Access Signage building, was visible in video from news helicopters.

Jill Schubert, UPS Northern Plains District president, said in a statement:

"We are profoundly shocked and saddened over this tragic event involving our driver, Keith Basinski. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and the families of the other victims. We also pray for the full recovery of others injured in the shooting. Keith had been a part of our UPS family for 29 years and we are going to miss him very much."

John Souter, Accent's director of operations, is now in serious condition, upgraded from critical, at Hennepin County Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman told media outlets Friday morning. Another victim ID'd, production manager Eric Rivers, remains in critical condition, the hospital's representative stated. 

From Minnesota Patch sites:

Wayzata Resident Among Those Shot During Minneapolis Workplace Shooting via Lake Minnetonka Patch

Spring Lake Park Man Killed in Minneapolis Workplace Shooting via Fridley Patch

via Fridley Patch

 via St. Louis Park Patch

NEW: Minneapolis Office Shooter Said To Be Richfield Native via Richfield Patch

Ellison: 'Now Is A Time For Minneapolis Metro Area to Come Together' - via St. Louis Park Patch

 - via St. Louis Park Patch

Maple Grove Man Identified as Victim in Shooting at Minneapolis Business via Maple Grove Patch

Minnetonka Man Dies From Gunshot Wound to Head in Minneapolis Shooting via Minnetonka Patch

Minnesota Patch will have more information on this story as it develops. 

B_Schiff September 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Chief Dolan says the event took 10-15 minutes. So, a shooter was on a rampage in the heart of Minneapolis, and 10+ minutes into it, the cops have yet to have arrived and stopped it. I'm not faulting the cops for that; I wasn't there. But since that is a fact, who can morally deny people who have a permit, the right to carry at work? If I have gone through the training and went through the background investigation to be issued a permit to carry by the State of Minnesota BUT my employer doesn't allow me to carry at work, and I'm murdered on the job, why shouldn't my heirs be able to sue my employer for putting me at risk? It's not like I can just choose to work elsewhere with the same relative ease I can choose to eat at a different restaurant. Employers should either make it possible for people to defend themselves or make it impossible for an attack to happen. Unless we want to each work in our own maximum security prison, with every possible way someone could devise to hurt me denied ... I propose the former over the latter.
B_Schiff September 29, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Family says gunman suffered mental illness (Detroit Free Press): Engeldinger's family says he struggled for years with mental illness. In a statement released through the National Alliance on Mental Illness, they say that they aren’t trying to excuse Engeldinger’s actions, but perhaps partially explain them. Alliance director Sue Abderholden says the family had approached the group for help about two years ago. That’s about when Engeldinger’s uncle says his nephew broke off contact with his family. Abderholden says Engeldinger’s parents took a class on understanding and dealing with mental illness. But she says they couldn’t convince Engeldinger to seek help.


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