08/05/2010

Audio: Beer distributor shooting 911 tapes

Omar Thornton killed eight people and wounded two before killing himself

By PoliceOne Staff

MANCHESTER, Conn. — Manchester police have released some of the 911 emergency calls from inside Hartford Distributors Tuesday morning.

Omar Thornton killed eight people and wounded two, then turned the gun on himself in the rampage.

Union and company officials said they would not have anticipated such violence from someone with no history of complaints or disciplinary problems. But authorities found two 9 mm handguns at the scene, and a shotgun in Thornton's car.

Relatives say Thornton, 34, finally cracked after suffering racial harassment in a company where he said he was singled out for being black in a predominantly white work force.

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