Connecticut Shooter Kills 9 – Said He Was Racially Harassed (Video)

A Connecticut man went on a shooting rampage today at a family-owned beer distributor. The killer, Omar S. Thornton, 34, complained that he had been racially harassed at work before killing his co-workers.
Breitbart TV reported:

The LA Times reported:

Nine people are dead in a workplace shooting in Manchester at Hartford Distributors, a family-owned beer and wine wholesaler, according to state police.

Sources said Omar S. Thornton, 34, was a driver for the company and was described by a Teamsters Union official as a recent hire and a “disciplinary problem.”

“The union was bringing him in to meet with the company to remedy the problem,” said John Hollis, a Teamsters official. “He started shooting.”

Thornton shot a number of people and then shot himself with a .223 caliber semiautomatic rifle as police approached and is dead, sources said. Two people were shot outside the building and five were shot inside, police sources said.

Hollis declined to describe the nature of the disciplinary problem, and he said he wasn’t certain if the meeting had taken place when the shooting started.

Joanne Hannah, who lives in the Enfield neighborhood where Thornton lived until about a month ago, said her daughter Kristi had dated Thornton for eight years. Thornton, who is black, had complained about being racially harassed at work. Thornton brought his complaints to his superiors, who did nothing about it, she said her daughter told her.

Steve Hollander, a member of the family that founded and owns the company, is one of the wounded, a police source said. He was shot in the neck, the source said.

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  • FreakyBoy


    My prayers go out to the victims and families.

  • Can’t wait till Nov.

    Prayers also to the families. Another example of a Gun Free Zone?

  • Greg

    The man was apparantly disturbed. Claiming racism in Conn is just wrong. That could happen in many southern states, but Conn is far more progressive and would stamp out the hint of racism before it escalated to name calling.

  • BuddyG

    Eat your words Van Jones

    “You’ve never seen a Columbine done by a black child. Never. They always say, ‘We can’t believe it happened here. We can’t believe it was these suburban white kids.’ It’s only them. Now, a black kid might shoot another black kid. He’s not going to shoot up the whole school. My cousin’s up in here, I ain’t gonna shoot up the whole school. I might hit my cousin. — But these young white men will be in so much pain and so isolated and so alienated they’ll shoot up the entire school”

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  • Mark

    Greg, please tell me your derisive swipe at southern states and the utopian fairy tale that Connecticut is completely void of all racism is a joke. Your remark itself stereotypes southerners and is inherently racist. Ask a friend to give you an honest opinion of how you are viewed by other people, because you have no sense of self-awareness.

  • To Greg

    You’re an idiot.

  • Omar, huh?

    Terrorist attack.

  • FreakyBoy


    Over the last thirty years, I’ve lived in the N.E., SoCal, France, Japan, the Rockies and the South.

    The least racist place I have lived is the South. By far.

  • Darwin Akbar

    How long before MSNBC blames (a) the Tea Party (b) Breitbart (c) Arizona; or (d) all of the above?

  • Granny

    Greg, I’ve been around for a good long while – well over a half century. My mother was a Southern Lady who would have taken a peach tree switch to me until I bled if I had ever once allowed the “n-word” to pass my lips. My father was from New England. Growing up I lived in both the North and the South, and I have to tell you, I’ve seen far and away more racism in New England than I ever witnessed in North Carolina, then or since. None of which means that there actually WAS any racism involved here, just that you are in error to dismiss any charges or racism out of hand because this happened in Connecticut.

  • Stanley

    GregNo Gravatar
    August 3rd, 2010 | 11:36 am | #3

    The man was apparantly disturbed. Claiming racism in Conn is just wrong. That could happen in many southern states, but Conn is far more progressive and would stamp out the hint of racism before it escalated to name calling.

    Don’t disillusion yourself by thinking what you do in secret will not be revealed in the light. You and and the race hustlers now have blood on your hands.

  • aro5o75

    Well…is’nt this what Mileek Shizbutt of the new black panderers was endorsing in his “needs to be more caskets for whitey’ rant??

  • marcie

    People like Greg who insist there is no racism in Connecticut (more “progressive”) are excruciatingly frustrating, not to mention ignorant. I’ve lived both in the South and the North, and I’ve seen more racism up North than I ever did down South. I just love these idiots who have never lived in the South–much less never visited there–who have these idiotic, throwaway opinions based on absolutely nothing but a sense of their own superiority. Greg, you’re a fool. Bias, prejudice exists everywhere in the world. And if anyone thinks that’s a good reason or even an explanation to raise a gun, that person needs to be locked up and the key tossed away. Disgusting and horribly sad.

  • aro5o75

    Greg #3;

    You sir are a progressive MORON.

  • Gini

    Darwin Akbar

    You might have encountered people who used racist terms as water seeks it’s own level.

    Strange, I lived in Fairfield County most of my life and don’t know any of the people you speak of.

  • gfdgdsfg

    Sounds like another muslim, Like muslim hassan, following orders on chief al queda leader in the white house,

  • lookie here

    Is it this Omar Thornton? Looks likely:

    If you have a facebook account you will see this info:

    Current City:
    Hartford, CT
    da vill, Hartford, CT

    Likes and interests: A GLAMOROUS TOUCH, Nicole Angel Nieves, Hoffman’s Gun Center & Indoor Range, Madden, Top Shape Supplements, Madden 2010, Mafia Wars, Texas Hold’em Poker, EA SPORTS, Madden, Muscle and Strength, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Best Buy, Barack Obama

  • jonyjoe101

    If the company was racist, why did they hire a black employee? It would only be asking for trouble.
    My crime scene analysis:
    He was a mediocre employee at best, required constant prodding to do his job. When told what to do he became loud and combative to his supervisors. He was a “disciplinary problem”, couldn’t get along with anyone, hated white people. He use the race card to get as far as he did. If he voted, he definitely voted for obama. He owns more than one obama t-shirt. More than likely he has a criminal background, and the gun he use was illegally purchased.

  • Blog out of the Hartford area:

    Heroism prevented further tragedy in Manchester this morning. At least one Hartford Distributors employee who saw the shooter with a gun warned others at the Manchester company to run to safety, sacrificing himself. The alleged killer, identified as Omar S. Thornton, pursued that employee and shot him in the head, killing him, according to an eyewitness.


    My comment and mine alone:

    I’m too pissed off to hold back.

    Regarding that hero employee (which he most certainly happens to be)…….. If he had a firearm, along with maybe one or two of the other employees at the place, maybe he and they might be alive and talking about how he and they helped save EVERYBODY at the shop and dispatched the shooter to straight to hell.

    But why should anyone care about something like the basic human right of self-preservation that’s also Constitutional in our nation.

    The instant this starts up the anti-gun freaks, I’m going verbally ballistic at them. It’s gonna be personal and it’s not gonna be pretty.

    I’m not gonna get into the union aspect of this multiple murder…….. I’m leaving that task to a friend of mine who has a website called Labor Union Report.

    Kenny Solomon
    I carry a firearm because a police officer is too heavy.

  • Marsh

    There’s been a systematic campaign waged by leftist whites, leftist blacks and black muslims to indoctrinate blacks (and pretty much all ethnic minorities) in America with a very militant and radical form of Marxism. From the earliest days of grade school they get it constantly pumped into their minds that they’re oppressed victims that need to stick together and resist “the man”. Which is basically our entire capitalist socioeconomic system.

    From our justice sytem, to our police, to our education sytem, to Wall Street, to Washington, etc, they’re told that it’s all run by racist whites who are out to get them. This far left (and frankly anti-white) radicalization process is especially intense within the black muslim community. Often a lot of blacks in America will leave Christianity because they’ve been told that it was forced on them by their white oppressors.

    And the militancy and darker skinned focus inherent to Islam is often very appealing to these black nationalists. That’s why a large percentage of these domestic Jihadists have been black and not arab. From the Beltway Sniper to the Christamas Bomber. Muslim jihadists are trying to tap into the already existing left-wing black radicalism here and turn them into terrorists – or possibly in this case, mass shooters.

    And what makes matters worse is that blacks are considered a “protected” class and therefore receive very little criticism and scrutiny. So all kinds of crazy ideologies and attitudes are allowed to flourish within the black community without anyone really stepping up to stamp it out. The only way that could ever happen these days is from within. Whites are far too afraid of being called racists to say anything negative about modern black culture in America.

    It seems that Arizona though is finally moving in the right direction by banning some of these race obsessed “ethnic studies” programs within their public school system. The left claims that it’s merely teaching ethnic minorities the underappreciated history and values of their own people that they otherwise wouldn’t have received in our supposed European biased education system.

    In reality though, they’re little more than racially charged leftist indocrination camps that churn out little race obsessed Marxist radicals who hate whites, who hate America and “the system”; and who also think that being a militant/activist within “the struggle” is something worthy of being intensely proud of.

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this nutball went through exactly that kind of leftist/islamist brainwashing process.

  • bg


    you know who to thank..

    he protects his brothers..

    “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” ~ B Hussein O


  • Ladue Pundit

    I wonder if Omar Thornton was any relation to Cookie Thornton, our local Kirkwood City Hall mass murderer.

    Like Cookie, expect Omar to have his own candlelight vigil.

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  • Jaimo

    My husband and I know many people who drive the Budweiser trucks at Hartford Distributors, waiting for the names to be released. My prayers are with all the families.

    We live not two miles from the location, I usually get on I-291 right in front of the business, didn’t this morning, was running late and took 84.

  • Jaimo

    The story around here is that he was fired for stealing and refused to accept the firing and a meeting was set up with the Teamsters and the Company to discuss it.

  • Jim

    Omar is a Muslim name, Thornton is not. It could be just an another angry black man who sees racism everywhere and his self as a perpetual victim of an unfair society. Or it could be sudden jihad syndrome like Major Nadal Hasan. Perhaps it is a little of both. I feel sorry for all the victims of his malicious, unsubstantiated, accusations of racism and his pent up anger.

  • If he had a criminal background the police by now would have mentioned it. I doubt the guy was a criminal.. they just pushed him to the edge-

  • Catherine

    so Let me get this right

    we have a guy named Omar?
    Union member?
    tries to kill his boss?

    But is Omar a muslum because this could have been his real problem.

    I hate it when the press always talks to friends and they always say HO but they were so nice??

    The guy was a monster killed his co-workers.


  • Maurice

    Pushed him to the edge? Huh?

    No one pushed him to the edge that he ever should have done anything like that, HE WAS RESPONSIBLE for his own murderous rage and should burn in hell for what he did to the other people and their families that will now suffer. There is NEVER an excuse for this kind of thing, and a stupid statement like “they just pushed him to the edge” is just beyond the pale stupid.

    No firing or disciplinary problems, no matter how wrong or not wrong, can ever be a justifiable reason for something like this, and once we start making excuses for freaks like Omar, or Major Hassan, another murderer, we’ve committed our own societal suicide.

  • Jim

    Now they’ll try to make what he did OK because evil YT was being racist toward him.

  • If he had a criminal background the police by now would have mentioned it. I doubt the guy was a criminal.. looks like the guy already had issus, but they helped push him to the edge-

  • Listen up

    The same old story. There are lots of blacks when confronted with the fact that they have to do their job and obey the rules like everyone else they work with, then whitey is picking on them and discriminating against them! Pleeeezzzzze give us all a break! Let us get the real story and not cover it up with PC crap. I bet this guy hated whites and did not want to work and follow the rules but wanted a paycheck anyway. Let me know if I am wrong.

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  • squeaky

    reportedly a video of him stealing……..he plead
    the maxine waters defense.

  • AuntieMadder

    Darwin Akbar
    August 3rd, 2010 | 12:01 pm | #9

    Many redneck crackers with pickup trucks, myself included, thank you.

  • Just Passing Through

    No sense aping MSNBC here. Wait for the facts to come out.

    The only source for the racism speculation is the mother of a former girlfriend of Thornton’s who claims that her daughter said that Thornton said he was racially harassed, made complaints, and nothing was done. That is at best third hand and not supported by either the union or the company. Both are saying, at least at this point, that Thornton had registered no such complaint. Since any registered complaint is going to have a paper trail, neither the union or company would say that unless they thought they were on solid ground doing so. Otherwise, it’s be a no comment response.

    My guess is that the mother of the former girlfriend and/or the former girlfriend bought into a racism narrative framed by a leading media question.

  • AuntieMadder

    August 3rd, 2010 | 12:32 pm | #17
    Darwin Akbar

    You might have encountered people who used racist terms as water seeks it’s own level.

    Then libturds are a bunch of racists, as wel already knew, because they encounter racism every day, everywhere.

    Btw, to direct that comment at Darwin Akbar was low. Just because your experience in Fairfield was different from his, that doesn’t mean he’s a racist. Idiot.

  • jaimo

    Great, Channel 3 (CBS) showed the uncle or cousin of the shooter saying that before he off’d himself he spoke with him and told him that he killed the 5 racists that were bothering him and that he was going to take care of himself too. Wonderful. Now these poor dead people can’t defend themselves whether they are guilty of racism or not. I find it hard to believe that there aren’t any other black guys working at Htfd. Dist. My guess is he was picked on because he was an *sshole not because he was black. They are still saying they have tape of him stealing crap.

    You also can’t tell me he’s the only black Teamster either. Granted most of those guys are Italian over there, but come on if there was a serious issue of racism at Htfd. Dist. someone would have known and the media would have been all over that ASAP.

  • Just Passing Through


    I’d still advise waiting to see what evidence there is of any racial harassment of this dirtbag. Doesn’t take much consideration to read this for exactly what it is. The guy was documented stealing, his job was gone, he knew it, and the meeting was just a union formality. He went armed to the meeting and shot the other attendees at the termination meeting, none of whom would probably have had input into handling any prior racism charges anyway. Then he shot anyone else he could until the building cleared out, then himself.

    A lot of people have bought into the prevailing narrative that every personal responsibility issue involving a black person instead reflects external racism and that’s what they expect to hear from the media. The media will turn over every rock and talk to every sketchy character remotely connected until it finds a hint of it. And if it can’t find a hint of it, one will be manufactured as a ‘some have said’ or ‘there are rumors’ lead in to a purely speculative piece and make it up as they go.

    The uncle/cousin may not have even spoken to Thornton. The uncle/cousin may be paraphrasing. Or, Thornton did say it in denial that he was facing termination for documented theft.

    And it doesn’t matter. The accusation made by Thornton or anyone after the fact doesn’t matter. What matters is whether there is evidence that the accusation has merit.

  • Elector of Saxony

    If a black man says you’re racist, and then shoots or otherwise harms you…You were/are a racist and you deserve whatever happened to you. Period. End of statement. This is the world we built.

  • OxyCon

    Thanks BuddyG. I knew there was a Black far-left asshat who recently made that ridiculous statement and I was going crazy Googling for it. I should have remembered that it was Commie Jones.

  • jaimo

    You do have to remember that this is CT. Lefties are everywhere and since racism is in the forefront right now, I just hope that these people who were killed don’t get their names smeared by those morons who find racism in eating oreo cookies.

    All the people they interviewed in CBS-3 thought he was a great guy, hell even one of the teamsters earlier today said that he couldn’t believe who was suspected because he was the quietest and shyest guy he knew.

    For context, CBS-3 in Hartford reported on the Newsweek story and the headline was that the magazine was sold, they never mentioned that it was sold for $1 which is really the bigger story here don’t you think? Just sayin’

  • Joanne

    So now people can think if they are racially harrassed, and that is even if they are, they have some sort of right to kill people…..only in Obamatime.

  • Jaimo

    That seems to be all they can talk about on the news tonight. He was harrassed with the N word on the bathroom wall and a hangman’s noose somewhere in the building and jokes. Apparently the video they had just showed him in the disciplinary hearing of him stealing beer didn’t push him over the edge, it was the racial harrassment that only his friends and relatives say existed.

  • ChrisNMissouri

    He was a good friend of the Kenyan Marxest Muslim in Chief. They Both Hate Whitey and America.

  • Iconoclast

    If the **Teamsters** characterize a member as being “a disciplinary problem,” then we can take it to the bank the guy was far worse than worthless. He wasn’t being harassed for his genes; he was being fired for his job performance. It’s past time to retire “the race card.”

  • MSNBC is past being a laughable collection of cartoon characters,

    MSNBC is a Thug.

    The lede to the sad story of beer thief and racist mass-murderer Connecticut’s Omar Thornton tells the tale –

    Omar Thornton sat calmly in a meeting with a union representative and his supervisors as they showed a video of him stealing beer from the distributor where he worked.

    Busted, he didn’t put up a fight, company officials said. He quietly signed a letter of resignation and was headed for the door when he pulled out a gun and started firing — “cold as ice,” as one survivor described it.

    In the end, Thornton killed eight people, injured two, then turned the gun on himself in a rampage Tuesday at Hartford Distributors that union and company officials said they would not have anticipated from someone with no history of complaints or disciplinary problems.

    Yet MSNBC rails that Racism Caused Conn. Gunman to Snap. MSNBC has nothing to say to Americans. MSNBC is as relevant to American life as the Ku Klux Klan.

    Block this idiotic channel. I did this morning.

  • When all else fails in life blame whitey..

  • Jaimo

    Hey, at least they reported that he was being fired for stealing before we all were accused of being racists. I was so pissed at Fox this morning at 6:00 when Gretchen spoke of this and said that the shooting was because he was being harrassed, no mention of the stealing at all. Maybe later they did, but not between 6 and 7:30 a.m.

  • J. James

    Hey look!,..Massive solar flares,…it must be “racism”. Global warming? hmmm, must be “racism”, Oil spill?,..must be “racism”.

    I’m sick of this nonsense. If anybody is allowed to cry racism in the U.S. today,.it should be all the victims of black crime.