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Minneapolis workplace shooting leaves 6 dead, including gunman

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Rami Cooks Rami Cooks
Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim
Keith Basinski, a 29-year employee of UPS, was killed in the shooting Keith Basinski, a 29-year employee of UPS, was killed in the shooting
Jacob Beneke Jacob Beneke
Ronald Edberg (right) Ronald Edberg (right)

Minneapolis police confirmed a fifth victim in Thursday's workplace shooting died at the hospital Friday, raising the number of those killed to six, including the gunman.

The office shooting was reported around 4:25 p.m. Thursday at Accent Signage Systems Inc. on Chestnut Ave. W. in the Bryn Mawr area of Minneapolis, near Interstate 394 and Penn Avenue.


The Hennepin County medical examiner identified the victims of the shooting Friday. They are:

Rami Cooks, 62, Minnetonka
Keith Basinski
, 50, Spring Lake Park
Ronald Edberg
, 58, Brooklyn Center
Jacob Beneke
, 34, Maple Grove
Reuven Rahamim
, 61, St. Louis Park

Reuven Rahamim was the founder of Accent Signage and a man who leaves a lasting impression on the Minneapolis business community.

"He came here to live the American dream and he did," Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said. "He was an example of someone who climbed the ladder to success."

Rahamim immigrated to the U.S. from Israel 30 years ago.

Two other company executives -- John Souter and Eric Rivers -- were in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center, where they are still being treated. HCMC spokeswoman Christine Hill said Friday that Souter has been upgraded to serious condition.

A third person had been listed in critical condition at the hospital, but Hill had no update on that victim Friday. A fourth victim was treated and released.

Keith Basinski was a UPS driver with a regular stop at the business. Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said the shooter came in through the loading dock, putting Basinski in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We are profoundly shocked and saddened over this tragic event involving our driver, Keith Basinski," UPS district president Jill Schubert said in a statement. "Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and the families of the other victims. We also pray for the full recovery of others injured in the shooting. Keith had been a part of our UPS family for 29 years and we are going to miss him very much."

Jacob Beneke, 34, was one of the workers who was killed. The Maple Grove Arts Center's executive director told FOX 9 News Beneke was supposed to meet her on Thursday night to talk about getting local businesses to display their artwork, but he never showed.

"I'm in shock. I wouldn't have expected this to happen to Jacob. We've only known him for a couple of years and he is truly a gifted artist," Lorrie Link said. "We are truly saddened by this."

Ronald Edberg, 58, of Brooklyn Center, studied graphic design at North Hennepin Community College and graduated from Patrick Henry High School. He leaves behind two adult children.

Family members of 62-year-old Rami Cooks, of Minnetonka, were too distraught to speak on camera outside their Minnetonka home. Cooks was the production manager at Accent Signage.


Chief Dolan identified the shooter as 36-year-old Andrew Engeldinger of Minneapolis. 


Dolan said Engeldinger arrived at the business Thursday afternoon after being terminated from his job that morning. As he walked in through the loading dock area, he immediately started shooting, but his victims were not random.

"It's clear that he walked by some people ... to some other people in the business," Dolan said.

Dolan said there's an indication that someone fought back, but he couldn't elaborate.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m. police found Engeldinger dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the corner of the basement. It took about 30 minutes for SWAT and Minneapolis police to methodically search the building as they secured the scene outside.

Dolan said Engeldinger used a 9-mm, semi-automatic Glock handgun in Thursday's shooting. Officers searched his south Minneapolis home, where they found another gun and packaging for 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

"He's had this gun for a while and he's obviously been practicing how to use it," Dolan said.

Police sources told FOX 9 that Engeldinger had a permit to carry a handgun, and no prior criminal record.

Chuck Engeldinger, the gunman's father, said he and his wife no longer had contact with their son, Andrew. They said they tried to get him help for his mental illness, but wouldn't say what illness or whether or not he was taking any medication. They know that's not an excuse for his actions, but possible a partial explanation.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the people killed and those who were wounded in this tragedy. Nothing we can say can make up for their loss," the Engeldinger family said in a statement. "Our son struggled for years with mental illness. In the last few years, he no longer had contact with us. This is not an excuse for his actions, but sadly, may be a partial explanation."


According to a Finance and Commerce feature from earlier this summer, Accent Signage specializes in Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant signs and other interior signage. The company has 28 employees at its 30,000 square foot facility and was planning to hire more people.


The Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association has opened an account for the victims and their families:

Account: Benefit Families of Accent Signage
Location: Any Wells Fargo location


Dolan confirmed Friday that the first three officers to enter the scene have been placed on paid administrative leave due to their exposure to the traumatic scene.

"I walked through there a little while ago," he said. "I looked at the desk -- the desks with the family photos, obvious signs of conflict. It was a hellish time."

Those officers were the first to find several of the victims.

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