Reporting Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – It’s been a year since a gunman opened fire at Accent Signage, and no one feels it more than the six families who lost the ones they loved.
A terminated employee, Andrew Engeldinger, shot five employees and a UPS driver before taking his own life. That driver, who just happened to be making a delivery, was Kenneth Basinski. On the evening of the anniversary, we spoke with Basinski’s family.
No one thinks a mass shooting will happen in their town, but it happened in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. So on Friday a group of neighbors held a vigil to remember what they may never forget.
Basinski’s brother, Jeffrey Basinski, was one of the walkers.
“When I heard about [the walk] I had to be here,” he said.
Jeffrey had to tell his brother’s kids the terrible news.
“They kinda collapsed, if you know what I mean, on the phone,” he said. “You could hear them going, ‘What?’, ‘Huh?’, ‘What do you do?’, ‘How do you talk?’, it was kinda hard.”
Jeffrey and the others holding vigil walked only a few blocks Friday, but for about 15 minutes Jeffrey had company on a journey few can truly understand.
“The best way I can describe it when people ask me is: I’ll never be the same,” Jeffrey said. “I won’t be the Jeff I was when I had my brother Keith.”
A top doctor says most of America’s mass shootings could be stopped if the U.S. did one thing. His antidote to the violence will be in the season premiere of 60 Minutes Sunday at 6 p.m.