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9 dead in shooting at Conn. beer distributor

Officials say gunman shot himself as police approached

MANCHESTER, Conn. — An employee who had been asked to resign for stealing went on a shooting rampage Tuesday at a beer distributing company, killing eight people and wounding others before fatally shooting himself, officials said.

The shooting took place at Hartford Distributors Inc., about 10 miles east of Hartford.

The company identified the shooter as Omar Thornton, a 34-year-old warehouse driver.

The driver had worked at the distributor for a couple of years and been called in for a disciplinary hearing, said John Hollis of the Connecticut Teamsters, who was with company officials at the scene of the shooting.

"The union was bringing him in to meet with the company to remedy the problem," Hollis told the Hartford Courant. "He started shooting."

"He wanted to say goodbye and he loved everybody," said Joanne Hannah, whose daughter Kristi had dated Thornton for eight years.
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