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A beer manufacturing plant in Connecticut experienced a horrible tragedy. CC by Ryan Glenn/Wikimedia Commons

On Tuesday, a man walked into the Hartford Distributors in Manchester, Conn., at about 7 a.m. and opened fire, killing a total of nine people and leaving a few others wounded. Among those dead in the latest Connecticut shooting spree are union representative, truck drivers and a relative of the owner who worked there, as reported by the New York Times.

Did racism influence the Connecticut shooting?

The Connecticut shooting suspect was an employee of Hartford Distributors, a beer and distributor company. Omar S. Thornton, 34, was employed as a warehouse driver. Thornton was accused of stealing beer from the company and was asked to resign. He was awaiting a disciplinary hearing. Those close to him, however, believe racism may have influenced the Connecticut shooting, according to ABC News.

The mother of Thornton’s girlfriend of eight years, Joanne Hannah, said that Thornton had mentioned he was being racially harassed at work, saying he discovered “a picture of a noose and a racial epithet written on a bathroom wall.” Thornton, a black man, had apparently brought the issue up to his supervisors, but no one acknowledged his complaints. “Everybody’s got a breaking point,” said Hannah.

Other cases involving disgruntled workers

The Hartford Distribution Connecticut shooting spree is the nation’s deadliest rampage since the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting that took place last November, an incident that also involved a disgruntled worker. At one of the largest military bases in the United States, a military psychiatrist entered the facility and killed a total of 13 people and wounded 30 others.

On Nov. 6, the day after the shooting in Fort Hood, a gunman name Jason Rodriguez in Orlando, Fla., walked into the offices of Reynolds Smith & Hills and killed one person and wounded five. The man was a former employee of the firm, although he was fired from his position a couple years before the incident. Rodriguez has since then filed for bankruptcy and began working for Subway. When asked why he committed such a terrible crime, according to CNN, Rodriguez said, “Because they left me to rot.”

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