“He Pointed the Gun at Me. I Just Jumped” - NBC Connecticut

“He Pointed the Gun at Me. I Just Jumped”



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    A beer distributorship stands in Manchester, Conn., Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. Earlier in the day, a warehouse driver who a union official said was caught on video stealing beer from the distributorship where he worked went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people and wounding two before committing suicide. Omar Thornton, 34, pulled a handgun after a meeting in which he had been offered the chance to quit or be fired, Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy said. Among those killed was Thornton's union representative at the meeting. (AP Photo/Hartford Courant, Patrick Raycraft) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **

    Vinny Quattropani was working, loading beer at the loading dock when he came into the path of Omar Thornton.

    The disgruntled Hartford Distributors employee, cops say, massacred eight people, wounded two more and then took his own life in a rampage on Tuesday in Manchester.

    Quattropani didn’t realize right away that Thornton had a gun.

    "I heard the shot, then I saw it. He'd shot someone I didn't even know,” he said.

    He watched as that person fell. Then, he was face-to-face with the gunman.

    “Then he pointed the gun at me. I just jumped," Quattropani said.

    Somehow, Quattropani was able to get to safety and hide with coworkers in the warehouse.

    But Thornton would stay near the loading docks, not going far into the warehouse.

    Quattropani remained there for an hour or more, until SWAT came in, he said.