MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Neighbors in Minneapolis’ Bryn Mawr community have their thoughts and prayers with the victims of last Thursday’s workplace shooting.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports
“It’s such a tragedy,” said Kay Qualley, who lives across the street from Accent Signage Systems.
Last Thursday around 4:30 in the afternoon, police say Andrew Engeldinger, 36, was terminated from Accent Signage. Officers say when Engeldinger was handed his final check he pulled out a gun and opened fire, killing five people and wounding others before taking his own life.
On Monday, police released new details describing how Engeldinger went to three different locations within the building, wounding and killing co-workers. He also killed UPS driver Keith Basinski, who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Of course we miss Keith,” said Barbara, who lives in Bryn Mawr. “He was a bright spot in our neighborhood.”
At the Bryn Mawr Market, a makeshift memorial for Basinksi was made complete with UPS boxes, flowers and notes. Many have been sharing personal messages with the current UPS driver who took over Basinski’s route.
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Kevin Johnson, a neighbor who came to see the memorial with his wife Vicki.
“Of course it’s depressing and it really hits home,” Vicki said. “You see it on the news. You don’t expect it to be in your yard.”
A similar memorial like Basinski’s sits in front of Accent Signage. Barbara, who lives a few blocks away, says the neighborhood has been quiet since the shooting. Barbara didn’t feel like coming to the building to pay her respects until Monday afternoon.
“I think all of Minneapolis is probably feeling the same things. It’s just sad,” she said.
Qualley agrees saying fewer people are outside walking dogs and enjoying the mild weather.
“But that will change and things will get back to normal as best they can,” said Qualley. “But for the families of those people who were slain or injured it’s very sad, and that’s who we’re really thinking of.”