7th person dies after Mpls. workplace shooting

9:37 AM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - An employee shot when a man went on a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis workplace has died from his injuries.

The family of Eric Rivers, production manager at Accent Signage Inc., confirms that he passed away Wednesday night after they  made the decision to remove him from life support.

Rivers was one of three people wounded in the shooting. He had been hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center in critical condition since the attack on Sept. 27.

He was one of a handful of people shot by an employee at Accent who had just been fired. 

The gunman, Andrew Engeldinger, eventually turned the gun on himself.  

River's family released the following statement.

"Eric Rivers passed away peacefully last night. We are grateful for the incredible courage displayed by the men and women who responded to the emergency and the wonderful medical team at Hennepin County Medical Center, who cared for Eric. At this time, the family asks for privacy as we deal with this personal tragedy. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers."

The death toll from the shooting stands at six, not including the shooter.

Accent Signage also released a statement on Thursday following River's death.

Today, Accent Signage Systems mourns the death of our dear friend and colleague Eric Rivers.

Eric succumbed to injuries that he sustained in the senseless, violent act that took the lives of five other colleagues and friends on September 27, 2012.

We pray for Eric's family and we ask that you respectfully allow them to grieve privately at this time.

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