Police investigate shooting in Minneapolis neighborhood. (Courtesy KARE 11)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police continue to investigate a workplace shooting Thursday that left four people, including the business' owner, and the suspected shooter dead.
Officers summoned by a 911 call after the shooting that occurred around 4:30 p.m. discovered the victims' bodies shortly after arriving at Accent Signage Systems Inc.
A family member told the Associated Press that Accent owner Reuven Rahamim was killed in the attack. Rahamim was Chad Blumen's father-in-law.
In a Friday statement to the Associated Press, Blumen says other members of the family died, but he provided no details.
Four other shooting victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Minneapolis police say three of those are listed in critical condition with gunshot wounds while the fourth had minor injuries.
Earlier Thursday night, Minneapolis police said "several" people were dead after the shooting but would not give any specific details.
The names of the victims and the suspect have not been released by police.
No details were released about the gunman, other than he was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"It's insane. It's crazy," said neighbor Heather Buckingham. "I know the guy, I know all the people." Buckingham lives feet from the business - Accent Signage - where the shooting happened. She said she used to work at the sign company as a receptionist and knows the victims and the shooter. She did not witness the shooting but is in contact with current employees who did.
"The one that was doing the shooting was quiet; kept to himself," she recalled. "Kind of odd."
Although police did not confirm, she said the shooter was an employee at the business and was laid off Thursday.
Seventeen-year-old Marques Jones was in the middle of taking his senior pictures near the business when he heard four to five gun shots. He and his photographer immediately hit the deck, he said.
"(It was) scary. Scary it seemed so close, your life flashes," he said.
Barb Gasterland said an employee of Accent Signage came to her home looking for help.
"He was visibly fearful," she said, "He came running up the side of the road and asked for the phone because he was running from the shooter."
Still visibly shaken Thursday evening, Gasterland told how the man described the details of the shooting while hiding in her house for about 30 minutes.
"He had watched his boss get shot and his best friend and two other people," she said. "He could tell one person was dead at least."
It is a terrifying account that she and her neighbors cannot believe happened only blocks away.
"It's tragic, it's very tragic," she said.
Accent specializes in interior signs that help the visually impaired.
The company holds a patent for technology that imprints Braille on items such as hotel room numbers and restroom signs.
According to the company's Facebook page, Accent started as a part-time engraving business out of company president Reuven Rahamim's basement in 1984. The company now employs about 30 people and earns $5 million to $10 million dollars annually.
Staff at Accent also teaches job skills and trains inmates to build signs for the state.