Police: Gunman in shooting rampage had 6 prior arrests in Aurora, Illinois, including domestic battery charges
The gunman, Gary Martin, 45, was shot and killed by police after officers swarmed the scene Friday at the Henry Pratt Company plant in Aurora, Illinois.
Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters that Martin had six prior arrests, including one in 2008 for a domestic matter and one in 2017 for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
She said he had been issued an Illinois firearms I.D. and then purchased a Smith & Wesson handgun from a local dealer in March 11, 2014. The weapon was believed to be used in the rampage.
Five days later, when he applied for a concealed carry permit, his fingerprints turned up a felony conviction in Mississippi in 1995. At that point, the firearms I.D. permitting him to carry the handgun was revoked.
“During the fingerprinting and background process it was discovered that he had a felony conviction for aggravated assault out of Mississippi,” Ziman said. “It should be noted that this conviction would not have shown up on a criminal background check conducted for an FOID card.”
Ziman said investigators are trying to determine why Martin was able to continue to possess the weapon even after it was discovered he was rejected for a conceal carry permit.