Minneapolis gunman's family grew more concerned

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The parents of a Minneapolis man who authorities say fatally shot five people at his workplace were so concerned about his growing paranoia two years ago that they enrolled in a course for families of the mentally ill.

A spokeswoman for the family of Andrew Engeldinger said Saturday that not long after Engeldinger's parents took the 12-week class, he cut off all contact with them. She says they continued to try contacting him, but were unsuccessful.

Engeldinger was fired Thursday before the rampage, after which police say he shot and killed himself.

Former employees and associates of Accent Signage Systems say the 36-year-old Engeldinger had recently become more erratic and belligerent.

He had worked there since the late 1990s, they said, and was once viewed as sharp, intelligent and private.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police say a fifth victim of the shooting at a
Minneapolis sign company has died.

Sgt. Stephen McCarty said the victim died sometime Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center. He was taken there in critical condition after the attack Thursday afternoon.

His death brings the total number of those killed in the attack to six, including the gunman.

The gunman was among five people found dead at the scene of the shooting at Accent Signage Systems. Police say he killed himself after opening fire at the small sign-making company on the city's north side.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The employer of one of the four people killed in a workplace shooting in Minneapolis confirms he was a United Parcel Service employee.

The president of UPS's Northern Plains District, Jill Schubert, issued a statement Friday confirming the death of Keith Basinski, a UPS employee for 29 years. He was among the four fatally shot by a gunman Thursday at Accent Signage Systems. The assailant then killed himself.

Schubert says deepest sympathies go out to Basinski's family and the families of the other victims. UPS spokesman Mark Dickens says given the time of day, Basinski was probably picking up the customer's outbound shipments, but could have been making a delivery as well.

Relatives of the company's founder, Reuven Rahamim, say he was also killed in the shooting that injured four others.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minneapolis business owner killed in a workplace shooting was an Israeli immigrant who started the company in his home.

Reuven Rahamim's son-in-law says the 61-year-old man served in the Israeli Army before coming to the U.S.

Rahamim started Accent Signage Systems in his basement in the 1980s and once told the business publication Finance & Commerce he chose the name Accent because he wanted it to be the first sign company listed in the Yellow Pages.

The company developed a patented method to create Braille signs for the blind.

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez visited the facility last month and praised it for its innovation.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police say the gunman who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign-making business killed four people before fatally shooting himself.

In a statement released early Friday, Minneapolis police said the bodies of four victims were found shortly after officers arrived at the scene Thursday afternoon and evacuated the business.

Four other people were wounded, including three critically, in the shooting at Accent Signage Systems. The sign-making company is in a residential area in the city's north side.

Police initially said at least two people had been killed, but later would only say that "several" bodies had been found inside. The suspected shooter was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Neither his name nor the names of the victims have been released.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The shooter who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign company Thursday was among "several" people found dead inside the building, according to police officials who won't specify how many people were killed.

Police had previously said at least two people were killed and four were wounded, including three critically, during the afternoon shootings at Accent Signage Systems. But during a Thursday evening news conference, Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson wouldn't confirm the numbers.

"We do have several victims inside that are dead," Arneson said. When pressed to say how many, she said she didn't know and that the investigation could take several days.

She released few other details, including the shooter's possible motive or gender, but said the person who fired the shots died inside the building from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She said police did not fire at the shooter.

None of the victims' names has been released.

Hennepin County Medical Center was treating four patients from the scene Thursday night, including three men in critical condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Someone from inside the building called 911 around 4:30 p.m. to report the shootings, police said. The first officers on the scene quickly began evacuating people from the business, which is nestled in a residential area on the city's north side, and closed off several blocks.

Dozens of squad cars and SWAT officers swarmed the neighborhood Thursday afternoon, and traffic was stopped on a nearby bridge along Penn Avenue, where officers had rifles drawn and pointed at the business and a park below.

By Thursday evening, police vehicles were still surrounding the business.

People from the neighborhood milled around but deputies kept them back.

Marques Jones, 18, of Minneapolis, said he was outside a building down the street having his high school senior pictures taken when he and his photographer heard gunfire that sounded close.

"We heard about four to five gunshots," Jones said. "We were shocked at what happened and we just looked at each other. We all just took off running to our vehicles."

According to Accent Signage Systems' website, the company makes interior signage and lists its founder as Reuven Rahamim. Phone messages left at the business and at a residential listing for Rahamim were not immediately returned.

The company employed 28 people as of July, according to a feature on the business in Finance & Commerce, a local business publication. The paper reported that U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez visited it in August in a trip focused on exporting, and praised the company for its innovation.

The company developed a patented technology for producing signs in Braille and had licensed out the technology to companies in 38 countries, the newspaper said.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said employees who were working when the shootings occurred were together and being cared for Thursday evening.

"We are deeply sorry about what has happened here," he said, calling the shootings "a horrible tragedy."
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police said the shooter who opened fire inside a Minneapolis sign company was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday and was among "several" people killed in the incident.

"We do have several victims inside that are dead," Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Kris Arneson said during a news conference outside the company's office. When pressed to say how many, Arneson refused and said police were still investigating.

Police had previously said at least two people were killed and four were wounded during the shootings at Accent Signage Systems, which is in a largely residential area on the city's north side. Arneson wouldn't release details about the victims, but said the shooter's body was found inside the building.

Hennepin County Medical Center was treating three people from the scene, all in critical condition, spokeswoman Christine Hill said. She said the hospital wasn't expecting more patients with critical injuries.

Officers received a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. from inside the business from someone reporting that there was a shooting.

Dozens of squad cars and police vehicles were still surrounding the business in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood by Thursday evening. Traffic was stopped on a nearby bridge along Penn Avenue, where earlier in the day law enforcement officers had rifles drawn and pointed at a park below.

People from the neighborhood milled around but deputies kept them back.

Marques Jones, 18, of Minneapolis, said he was outside a building down the street having his picture taken when he and his photographer heard gunfire that sounded close.

"We heard about four to five gunshots," Jones said. "We were shocked at what happened and we just looked at each other. We all just took off running to our vehicles."

Accent Signage Systems' website says the company makes interior signage and listed its founder as Reuven Rahamim. A phone message left at the business and at a residential listing for Rahamim was not immediately returned.

"Very sad situation in Bryn Mawr," Mayor R.T. Rybak tweeted Thursday afternoon. "Please stay away and let the police do their work."
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A shooter opened fire Thursday at a Minneapolis sign business, leaving at least two people dead and four others wounded, including three critically, police and hospital officials said.

The shooting at Accent Signage Systems, in a largely residential area of the city, resulted in "a couple of fatalities" and at least four people being taken to hospitals, Minneapolis police spokesman Steve McCarty said.

Hennepin County Medical Center was treating three people from the scene, all in critical condition, spokeswoman Christine Hill said. She said the hospital wasn't expecting more patients with critical injuries.

Officers wouldn't release details about the shooter, including if he or she were among the victims. By Thursday evening, officers were slowly walking around the scene without their weapons drawn and interviewing neighbors.

Dozens of squad cars and police vehicles still surrounded the business, in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood on the city's north side. Traffic was stopped on a nearby bridge along Penn Avenue, where earlier in the day law enforcement officers had rifles drawn and pointed at a park below.

People from the neighborhood milled around but deputies kept them back.

Marques Jones, 18, of Minneapolis, said he was outside a building down the street having his picture taken when he and his photographer heard gunfire that sounded close.

"We heard about four to five gunshots," Jones said. "We were shocked at what happened and we just looked at each other. We all just took off running to our vehicles."

Accent Signage Systems' website says the company makes interior signage and listed its founder as Reuven Rahamim. A phone message left at the business and at a residential listing for Rahamim was not immediately returned.

"Very sad situation in Bryn Mawr," Mayor R.T. Rybak tweeted Thursday afternoon. "Please stay away and let the police do their work."

Hennepin County sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Kiava said earlier that deputies had been called to the shooting, though she didn't have further information.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police say a workplace shooting in Minneapolis has left at least two people dead and four others wounded.

Minneapolis police spokesman Steve McCarty says there were "a couple of fatalities" from a shooting Thursday afternoon at Accent Signage Systems on the city's north side.

McCarty says at least four people were taken to hospitals. A spokeswoman for Hennepin County Medical Center says the hospital is treating three people from the scene, all in critical condition.

McCarty says police are treating it as an active crime scene, assuming the shooter is at large.

Dozens of squad cars and police vehicles have surrounded the business. Its website says the company makes interior signage. The company lists its founder as Reuven Rahamim. A phone message left there was not immediately returned.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Police now confirm that two people are dead and at least four are wounded in an office shooting in Minneapolis.

Hennepin County sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Kiava says deputies were called to a shooting on the city's north side on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Hennepin County Medical Center says the hospital is treating three people from the scene, all in critical condition.

Footage from a television news helicopter shows multiple squad cars encircling a business called Accent Signage Systems in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood.

The company's website says it makes interior signage. The company lists its founder as Reuven Rahamim. A phone message left there was not immediately returned.

A police spokesman also didn't immediately respond to messages.


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