Gunman Kills Colleagues At Connecticut Workplace

A disgruntled worker who was facing the sack today killed at least eight people and then shot himself at a Connecticut beer distributor. Police in the town of Manchester said Omar Thornton, 34, believed to be a driver, opened fire after he was summoned for a disciplinary hearing to discuss his dismissal at Hartford Distributors. The authorities were attempting to determine the scale of the killings but said they believed nine people, including the gunman, were dead. Witnesses said Thornton ran through the warehouse shortly after 7am when scores of drivers and other workers were inside during a shift change. Sergeant Sandy Ficara, of the Manchester police department, called it "a crazy scene out there". John Hollis, of the Connecticut Teamsters union, told the New York Times he had watched as "all hell broke loose". "He pulled the gun and ran through the warehouse," he said. Some of the workers hid under desks as Thornton opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle. At least two were shot dead as they ran from the warehouse. The building was on fire, although the cause was not immediately clear. Police said they ordered Thornton to drop his gun, but he apparently shot himself. Officials said the police did not open fire.