Friday, March 29, 2013
John Souter was the only person shot at Accent Signage who survived. Richfield native Andrew Engeldinger killed six people then himself on Sept. 27, 2012 in Minneapolis.
The one person who was injured but not killed in Richfield native Andrew Engeldinger's 2012 shooting rampage at Accent Signage in Minneapolis spoke out Thursday, calling for background checks on anyone who wants to buy a gun. John Souter spoke at a press conference and rally at Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka, joined by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight, one of more than 100 gatherings of gun-control advocates nationwide. Several local news outlets carried reports on the event: Finance & Commerce: “I’m not the same person, that’s for sure. I don’t laugh the way I used to,” Souter said during the event. ... “Why? Why? This isn’t America,” Souter said, choking back tears. Fox 9: "People are making this about …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The family of Jake Beneke of Maple Grove says the company should have known shooter Andrew Engeldinger could turn violent.
In a lawsuit recently filed in Hennepin County court, the family of a man killed in last year's Accent Signage massacre is suing the company. Shooter Andrew Engeldinger's estate, or his family, was also named as a defendant. Engledinger gunned down six co-workers in September 2012 after being fired, including Maple Grove resident Jake Beneke, whose family has filed the suit. Engeldinger was a Richfield native and his parents still live in town. The lawsuit alleges Accent Signage managers knew Engeldinger was an unstable and potentially violent person, and should have taken more precautions when firing him. In particular, the suit says Engeldinger should not have been given warning that he was being fired and been allowed to retrieve a gun …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The son of Accent Signage shooting victim Reuben Rahamim spoke at Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee hearing on Tuesday.
A day after praising a speech on gun violence President Obama gave in Minneapolis, St. Louis Park gun control advocate Sami Rahamim, son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim, testified before a Minnesota House committee, saying new laws on guns and ammunition could prevent future shooting deaths. If you do not see the video above, please visit YouTube.com. Reuven Rahamim was one of six killed when Richfield native Andrew Engeldinger open fired on former co-workers at Accent Signage on Sept. 27, 2012. Follow Richfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Monday, February 4, 2013
President called on voters to pressure their legislators to pass gun control measures.
Speaking to a crowd of local dignitaries and law enforcement officers on Monday, President Barack Obama called on voters to pressure Congress to act on curbing gun violence. "We've suffered too much pain to stand by and do nothing," he said. "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something," he added. What did the Twin Cities think about Obama's visit on social media? Adopting universal background checks, banning military-style assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and putting more police officers on the street are "common sense," bipartisan measures to reduce gun violence, the President said. He also repeated other proposals to expand access to mental health care for young people. Several gun…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sheriff Rich Stanek and a handful of law enforcement leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss mental illness and gun violence.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and a handful of law enforcement leaders met with President Barack Obama at the White House Monday to discuss mental illness and gun violence. Sheriff Stanek began the meeting in by expressing concerns that he has raised in recent weeks in Minnesota. Among the comments he made in the discussion with President Obama: “Gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and extreme violence,” said Sheriff Stanek. “We have an access problem. Individuals with severe mental illness should never have access to guns.” Sheriff Stanek was invited to attend the meeting because of his work as president of the Major County …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Minneapolis business was open fired on by Richfield native Andrew Engeldinger Sept. 27.
Accent Signage, the site of a horrific shooting on Sept. 27, 2012, released a statement Tuesday morning regarding the Newtown, CT school shooting: Our thoughts and prayers are with the community of Newtown, Connecticut. We were horrified to hear about yet another senseless act of violence that robbed families of their loved ones. We mourn the loss of the twenty young students, along with the seven adults who devoted themselves to enriching children's lives, even with their last heroic actions. We stand in solidarity with all those who have lost loved ones in these unspeakable tragedies. -- Accent Signage Note: The seven adults killed in Newtown included the suspect's mother. Initial reports that she worked at the school were wrong, …
Sami Rahamim was among the survivors and family members of shooting victims joining Mayor Bloomberg to 'Demand a Plan' on combating gun violence.
The son of Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim traveled to New York City over the weekend to join Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a call for action on gun laws in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, according to WCCO-TV Bloomberg, who co-chairs a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, invited survivors and family members to New York to help push a “Demand A Plan” effort to rein in deaths and injuries from gun violence. Sami Rahamim, a student at St. Louis Park High School, told WCCO-TV: You start to realize that there's such a huge problem with the accessibility to guns, the wide range of firearms that are available and how lethal they are in today's world—that it's not your grandpa's hunting rifle anymore. …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
One of the most followed stories of 2012.
Richfield Patch covered a lot of different stories, topics and events throughout 2012, but there were a few that stood out as the most interesting, important or possibly infamous to our readers. The following is the No. 9 story of the year. *** After receiving the news of his termination the afternoon of Sept. 27, Richfield native Andrew Engeldinger took out a gun and began to open fire on his now former co-workers. Eight were shot inside Accent Signage, before Engeldinger turned the gun on himself and took his own life. Six victims died from their injuries. Almost immediately after Engeldinger was identified, his family spoke out and offered their condolences for those who lost a loved one at the hands of their son. His parents, who …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Keith Basinski died Sept. 27 while making a stop as a UPS driver at Accent Signage. Local filmmaker Deacon Warner is paying homage to him in a new documentary, the Southwest Journal reports.
It's been just three weeks since Richfield native Andrew Engeldinger open fired on his former Accent Signage co-workers before killing himself. Spring Lake Park resident Keith Basinski was among the six victims who have now died after being shot multiple times. Basinski, a UPS driver, was making a stop at the business on his regular route. Local filmaker Deacon Warner, a resident of Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood, has nearly completed a documentary video on Basinski, the Southwest Journal reported Tuesday: Taking the suggestion of resident Iliana Wilson, Warner interviewed people about their memories of Basinski, who worked in Bryn Mawr for 29 years. “He was more than a UPS driver, he had a real presence,” said Warner, who teaches …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The City of Minneapolis released the document Tuesday showing conversations between emergency dispatch staff and people at the scene of the Sept. 17 shootings at Accent Signage.
Richfield native Andrew Engeldinger was later determined to be the shooter. Editor's Note: The above transcript contains some profanity. *** Other related stories: