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911 calls reveal fear inside, out during attack at Accent Signage

  • Article by: RANDY FURST
  • Star Tribune
  • October 16, 2012 - 9:01 PM

A transcript of 911 calls made during the mass slaying at Accent Signage Systems on Sept. 27 depicts an anguished relative hearing the gunshots from outside the building and a frightened employee inside saying "we gotta get out of here."

The transcript of 10 calls was released Tuesday by the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center. Six people were fatally shot by Andrew Engeldinger, 36, who took his own life, in the worst workplace violence in recent Minnesota history.

The 911 call center also released an audio recording of emergency dispatchers passing information to police as they arrive at the scene, and police reporting the discovery of victims as they searched the building for the killer.

The transcript quotes the anxious moments of a woman outside Accent, identified in a police report as an employee's wife, waiting for him to leave work. At 4:34 p.m. she tells 911 she heard gunshots through a window. "The UPS man parked the truck and went in and then all I heard was shots after that," she said.

Two minutes later, an employee inside tells a 911 operator: "I saw blood everywhere." The same caller said she saw Engeldinger "running past me in the building with the gun in his hand away from two victims on the main floor."

None of those who called 911 gave permission to reveal their names, so they were redacted from the transcript.

No audio recording was released of the calls, the center said, because the individuals identified themselves to 911 operators and their voices might be recognizable.

The audio recording of police conferring with the dispatchers describes how they found victims both dead and alive as they made their way through the sign factory in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood.

At 5:36 p.m., a police officer is heard saying: "We are in the southwest corner of the basement. It appears we have a suspect with a gunshot wound to the head. At this point it appears he is deceased, the handgun is on the floor."

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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