Girlfriend: Conn. Gunman was Racially Harassed

By: EVERTON BAILEY JR., AP Email
By: EVERTON BAILEY JR., AP Email
The girlfriend of the warehouse driver who went on a shooting rampage at a Connecticut beer distributor says he showed her evidence of racial harassment at work and that

The Associated Press
Employees of Hartford Distributors hug at a police staging area where employees were brought after a shooting at a beer distribution warehouse Tuesday in Manchester Conn.

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - The girlfriend of the warehouse driver who went on a shooting rampage at a Connecticut beer distributor says he showed her evidence of racial harassment at work and that's
what drove him to retaliate.

Twenty-six-year-old Kristi Hannah told The Associated Press he showed her photos he took with his cell phone of a picture drawn on
a bathroom wall. It was a stick figure with a noose around his neck and the N-word.

She says, another time, he was in a bathroom and held up his phone. She says she could hear a company official, in conversation with someone else and apparently unaware Thornton was in a stall. She says the officials said they were going to "get rid of" Thornton and used a racial epithet.

Thornton killed eight people Tuesday morning before killing himself.


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