Police chief says she won’t speak gunman’s name again
AURORA, Ill. — The police chief of a suburban Chicago community says she’ll never again speak the name of a man who fatally shot five co-workers at a local business.
After Friday’s killings, Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin ‘‘was being terminated’’ before he started shooting at Henry Pratt Co.
But Ziman said in a Tuesday posting on her department’s Facebook page that, ‘‘I said his name one time for the media, and I will never let it cross my lips again.’’
Five police officers were also shot and wounded during a Friday shootout in which Martin was killed.
Ziman’s Facebook post later referenced Martin, saying ‘‘that evil soul shouldn’t have taken others down because he was angry. He shouldn’t have even had a weapon. Lives shouldn’t have been stolen.’’
Meanwhile, Illinois State Police say Martin lied about his criminal history in 2014 to obtain a card from the agency that allowed him to purchase a handgun.
State Police say Martin answered ‘‘no’’ to a question on his January 2014 application for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card about whether he’d ever been convicted of a felony.
Police said Monday that a records search ‘‘revealed no prohibiting factors’’ in Martin’s Illinois criminal history. His card was approved on Jan. 31, 2014. He then purchased a handgun in March 2014 after clearing another background check.
Police said they later discovered that Martin had a felony conviction in Mississippi after his fingerprints revealed an FBI record when he applied for a concealed carry license later in March 2014.