Man Opens Fire At Farm King Store In Illinois

Update: Chicagobreakingnews is reporting that the standoff is over, and the gunman has been found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was harmed.

Earlier today a man entered a Farm King farm supply store in Macomb, IL, and opened fire, although so far no deaths have been reported. He left five hostages go earlier–two women, two men and a small child, reports the Associated Press–and two other people left the store earlier in the day.

Tri States Public Radio says there’s a store manager who is still unaccounted for.

From the AP article:

Witness Richard Moulton was at Farm King shopping for a battery charger with his father when they suddenly heard someone arguing in another aisle and then yelling.

“I heard him say to a guy, ‘Get away from me if you don’t want to get shot,’” Moulton said. “I couldn’t make out what they were arguing about, but I said to my dad, ‘Somebody sounds really mad back there.’”

Seconds later, four or five shots ran out, and an employee came around the counter, wide-eyed, to say that there was a man with a loaded gun, Moulton said.

“We started looking for a way to get out really fast,” he said.

He and his father bolted out of a rear door and into a parking lot, hiding behind a snow bank. He said police arrived within minutes and surrounded the building.

“Man opens fire in Ill. store; may have hostages” [Associated Press]
“Macomb Illinois Shooting: Gunman Takes Hostages At Farm King Store” [Huffington Post]