On August 3rd, 2010, a Black man who resigned from his job after being presented with video evidence showing him stealing beer from the warehouse in Manchester, CT where he worked snapped, pulled out a gun, and started firing at fellow workers, killing eight of them and wounding two others before turning the gun on himself. Media stories from the Hartford Courant, CNN, CBS News, WFSB Channel 3 (see their index of all stories HERE), and an AP story via KSL Channel 5. Former Connecticut State Rep. Kevin Rennie also discussed this on his DailyRuctions blog.
Discussion on Stormfront and the Vanguard News Network Forum.
Omar Thornton reported for work at the Hartford Distributors warehouse at 7 A.M. on August 3rd, 2010. He had worked there for two years. At a meeting with union representatives and his supervisors, he was confronted with several videos from security cameras which showed him stealing beer from the warehouse. Thornton offered no defense; he quietly signed a letter of resignation and was headed for the door when he pulled out a gun and started firing, "cold as ice," as one survivor described it. The fact that he had a weapon with him implies premeditation.
Thornton then walked through the building and parking lot for more than an hour, keeping police and medical teams from providing assistance to the wounded. As police responded and closed in, he called his mother, saying that he finally shot the five "racists" that were out to get him. He said they had pushed him over the edge. He also told his mother he was sorry and wanted to say goodbye. His mother tried to talk him out of capping himself, but to no avail. At 9 A.M., as SWAT teams closed in, Thornton shot himself.
The deceased victims (all 8 now identified):
-- Bryan Cirigliano: a fellow driver and union rep who fought to save Thornton's job
-- Victor James, another fellow driver and union rep who fought to save Thornton's job.
-- Craig Pepin, another longtime driver and a soccer coach in his hometown of South Windsor, was killed when he called out to warn co-workers.
-- Doug Scruton
-- William Ackerman
-- Edwin Kennison Jr.
-- Francis Fazio Jr.
-- Louis Felder Jr.
There are reports that Thornton said he found a picture of a noose and a racial epithet written on a bathroom wall, and that he was in a stall once and heard a co-worker say "they wanted that nigger out of there". But Brett Hollander, whose family owns the distributorship, denied any racial bias. And a union official said Thornton had not filed a complaint of racism with the union or any government agency. Teamsters official Christopher Roos said that Omar Thornton was merely a disgruntled employee who shot a bunch of people. Furthermore, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities said Hartford Distributors has never had any complaints filed against it.
Omar Thornton reportedly posed no disciplinary problems in the past.His girlfriend, Kristi Hannah, had been with him on Monday August 2nd and gave no indication he was planning anything violent. Kristi's mother Joanne Hannah described Thornton as an easygoing guy who liked to play sports and video games. She said he had a pistol permit and planned to teach her daughter how to use a gun. However, a New York Times article discloses that Thornton had financial problems in the past, and that creditors were starting to pursue him again.
Omar Thornton now becomes entry #60 on my unofficial list of Black Serial/Spree killers.