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Beer Business Shooter Was 'Disgruntled': Union Official

Aug 3, 2010

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We reported earlier on the workplace shooting deaths of nine people, including the gunman who apparently killed himself, at a beer and wine distributorship near Hartford, Conn.

While there was a report that the shooter, an African American employee named Omar Thornton, 34, had complained of racial harassment, a union official tells a different story. Thornton, who was videotaped stealing beer from Hartford Distibutors, was asked to resign, according to Christopher Roos, an official of Teamsters Local 1035.

From the Associated Press:

Union officials say Omar Thornton had worked as a driver for acouple of years and had been called in for a disciplinary hearing Tuesday and asked to resign. He instead opened fire at a warehouse in Manchester...

... Teamsters Local 1035 official Christopher Roos says Thornton was "a disgruntled employee who shot a bunch of people."
Teamsters Local 1035 official Christopher Roos says Thornton was "a disgruntled employee who shot a bunch of people."

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