Accent Signage Systems
On Sept. 27, 2012, 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger opened fire at a Minneapolis sign-making business, killing six people – including the owner and two managers – after being informed that he was losing his job. Engeldinger committed suicide, as part of Minnesota’s deadliest workplace killing spree. In an interview with Minnesota Public Radio, Engeldinger’s mother said “a brain disorder caused him to do what he did.”
Hartford Distributors Inc.
On Aug. 3, 2010, disgruntled warehouse driver Omar Thornton shot and killed eight co-workers at a Connecticut beer distributorship after being forced to resign over allegations that he had been stealing beer. The 34-year-old then turned a gun on himself. Prior to the incident, Thornton, an African-American, reportedly had complained to his girlfriend that he had been racially harassed at work.
On Nov. 5, 2009, former U.S. Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas. In August, a jury sentenced Hasan to death by lethal injection for his actions, which the Defense Department has classified as “workplace violence.” Hasan is on military death row in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., but experts say it could be more than a decade before he is executed, due to the appeals process.
On June 25, 2008, press operator Wesley Higdon shot and killed his supervisor and four co-workers at a Kentucky plastics factory. Earlier in the day, Higdon reportedly had been reprimanded for not wearing his safety glasses and for using his cellphone on the assembly line.
On July 8, 2003, Doug Williams shot and killed six workers and wounded eight others before killing himself at a Lockheed Martin Corp. plant in Meridian, Miss. The longtime Lockheed employee reportedly had made threats against African-American co-workers in the months prior to the killing spree. On the morning of the shootings, Williams had been scheduled to attend a mandatory ethics and diversity class.
On Nov. 2, 1999, copier repairman Byran Uyesugi shot and killed seven co-workers at a Xerox Corp. facility in Honolulu. Uyesugi reportedly had a history of mental problems and had made unsubstantiated accusations of harassment against his colleagues. However, a jury found him sane and guilty of seven murders and one attempted murder, and Uyesugi is serving a life sentence without parole.
On Sept. 14, 1989, longtime Standard Gravure employee Joseph Wesbecker killed eight people and wounded 12 others at a printing plant in Louisville, Ky., before killing himself. Wesbecker, who had been diagnosed with depression and had tried to commit suicide multiple times, reportedly had begun taking Prozac a few weeks before the killing spree. The shootings and a subsequent lawsuit against Eli Lilly & Co. (which makes Prozac) are chronicled in the book “The Power to Harm: Mind, Murder, and Drugs on Trial.”
U.S. Postal Service
On Aug. 20, 1986, letter carrier Pat Sherrill killed 14 co-workers at post office in Edmond, Okla., before shooting himself. After the incident, which gave birth to the phrase “going postal,” interviews with acquaintances and neighbors painted Sherrill as a reclusive, troubled and angry man. Just prior to the shootings, Sherrill had been reprimanded by a superior, and believed that he was facing dismissal. Pictured is a memorial of the killing in Edmond.