Reuven Rahamim with wife Shereen and son Sami
Photo Courtesy: Mark Bogucki
MINNEAPOLIS - While we may never fully understand the pain Andrew Engeldinger inflicted inside Accent Signage Systems last week, we are beginning to understand how it happened.
Minneapolis Police say Engeldinger was asked to come to a meeting in John Souter's office Thursday afternoon. Souter is the director of operations.
Engeldinger left the building, went to his car, and then returned to meet with Souter and Rami Cooks.
Police say the two men told Engeldinger his employment was terminated. That's when Engledinger apparently pulled out a gun. All three men struggled over that gun, with Engeldinger gaining control of it. Investigators said he then shot both Souter and Cooks.
Souter remains hospitalized. Cooks died at the hospital.
Shortly after the first shooting, company founder Reuven Rahamim stepped out of his office and was shot and killed, police said.
Engeldinger then started walking through the building, where investigators believe he came upon employee Jacob Beneke. Investigators say Engeldinger shot and killed him and then moved his way to the loading dock area. There, police said he found Ron Edberg and UPS driver Keith Basinski who was standing in his truck. Both were shot; both died at the scene.
Engeldinger shot two other employees, including Eric Rivers who remains hospitalized. The other employee suffered a graze wound. Engeldinger walked down stairs and turned the gun on himself, said investigators.
"It causes people to think differently," said Vikki Sanders, the workplace violence prevention coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Sanders tells KARE 11 violence in the workplace has gone down nationwide, but she believes it is still something businesses should not pass off as a fluke.
"It's important for all employers to look at workplace violence as you would a fire or a tornado, having a plan in place," she said.
Click here for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's guide on preventing workplace violence.
Click here for an extended interview with Carol Fredrickson, the founder of Violence Free, a group that works to prevent workplace violence.
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