MINNEAPOLIS — A man fired from his job at a Minneapolis sign-making business pulled out a handgun and began shooting up its offices, fatally wounding the owner and four others before turning the gun on himself, police said Friday.
Andrew Engeldinger, 36, injured at least three others in the Thursday attack at Accent Signage Systems, which Police Chief Tim Dolan said lasted no more than 15 minutes. Dolan also said Engeldinger may have chosen to spare some former co-workers.
“It’s clear he did walk by some people, very clear," Dolan said.
Engeldinger’s family said in a statement issued through the National Alliance on Mental Illness later Friday that he had struggled with mental illness for years. They offered sympathy to the victims.
“This is not an excuse for his actions, but sadly, may be a partial explanation," the statement said.
No details were released about why Engeldinger was fired, but police said he had ongoing problems at work.