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Did racial harassment trigger Connecticut workplace shooting?

Some are alleging that the gunman in Tuesday’s deadly workplace shooting had complained to friends and relatives about being racially harassed on the job.  Eight people were shot to death by Omar Thornton at the Manchester, Connecticut based beer and wine wholesaler Hartford Distributors Inc.

According to the Hartford Courant, Thornton, who is black, told his girlfriend that “a racial epithet had been written and a noose drawn on a bathroom wall and that Thornton had taken photos of them with his cellphone.”  She also claims that Thornton complained about the harassment to his superiors but that they ignored his complaints.

Thornton allegedly called his mother during the killing spree and, shortly before committing suicide, told her, “I killed the five racists that were bothering me.”

Chris Roos, secretary-treasurer of the Teamsters union branch in South Windsor, said that Thornton never filed a complaint about racial harassment with the union.

The shooting followed a meeting between Thornton and his superiors where Thornton was accused of stealing beer from the company.  Company officials said that Thornton opted to resign instead of being fired.  After signing a resignation letter, Thornton pulled two handguns out of his bag and started shooting at his coworkers.

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