Gunman said 'oh really,' then started shooting

Associated Press Published: October 5, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After being told he was losing his job at a Minneapolis sign company, Andrew Engeldinger responded by saying "oh really," taking out a gun and opening fire on his two managers. Then he fired again as the company owner tried to help his wounded employees.

Police reports released Friday provided new details of the shooting rampage last week at Accent Signage Systems that left six people dead, including the gunman, and three wounded. It was Minnesota's deadliest workplace shooting.

The reports show that the 36-year-old Engeldinger shot two of the company's top managers, John Souter and Rami Crooks, just as they were terminating him at the end of his workday Sept. 27.

"Engeldinger responded by saying 'oh really' and took out a gun that he had in a holster in his waist area," one report said.

Around nine shots were fired in the ensuing struggle in Souter's office, and a magazine with about seven live founds fell to the floor. Souter was shot in the chest but able to leave his office as the struggle moved into the hallway, and he asked for someone to call 911. Souter remained hospitalized Friday.

Cooks was shot several times, including at least once in the head, but remained on his feet, the reports said. He later died at a hospital.

Company owner and founder Reuven Rahamim came out of his office next door and was on the ground trying to help one of his wounded employees just before Engeldinger fatally shot him, according to the reports.

His executive assistant, Amanda Crotty, told police that Rahamim was on the floor, holding Souter, when Engeldinger shot Rahamim twice in the head at close range. Crotty said she ran and hid under her desk.

Engeldinger's demeanor was described as calm, and witnesses said he didn't "appear to be moving fast but walking and moving in a normal manner," according to one report.

The report also described Engeldinger calmly walking past Crotty and other women in the office toward another part of the building before they heard him start firing again, shooting other male employees along the way while leaving women alone.

He shot employee Jacob Beneke in the sign display area, while employee Ron Edberg and UPS driver Keith Basinski were both shot in the loading dock. All three men died.

Another employee, Eric Rivers, remained hospitalized Friday in critical condition, while Souter was in "satisfactory" condition, according to Hennepin County Medical Center. Another employee grazed by a bullet has been released.

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