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Mpls. police to release detailed timeline of workplace shooting

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) –

Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said Monday that his department is preparing to release a time line detailing the mass workplace shooting last week at a Bryn Mawr neighborhood business.

Dolan, in an interview on WCCO Radio (AM 830), described Thursday afternoon’s bloodshed as unfolding in a “confusing scene” at Accent Signage.

The department will issue later Monday “an accurate time line of what happened” that led to five people being shot by newly fired Accent employee Andrew Engeldinger before he fatally shot himself at the business, the chief said on WCCO.

Dolan added that there were “three distinct areas” where the violence occurred in what he characterized as “the worst shooting we’ve had in the state of Minnesota.”

The chief said the “people in those areas didn’t have an idea what was going on outside of [their] areas until it was right in front of them.”

Among those killed was Accent’s founder and owner, Reuven Rahamim, 61, of St. Louis Park. Rahamim’s funeral was Sunday. Another funeral was held Sunday for victim and senior executive Rami Cooks, 62, of Minnetonka, at Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka.

A funeral for Ron Edberg, 58, of Brooklyn Center, will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Methven-Taylor Funeral Home in Anoka. Services for Jacob Beneke, 34, of Maple Grove, will be at noon Wednesday at Evans-Norby Funeral Home, Brooklyn Center. Funeral plans have not been publicized for UPS driver Keith Basinski, 50, of Spring Lake Park.

According to Hennepin County Medical Center, Accent Signage’s production manager, Eric Rivers, remained in critical condition, while director of operations John Souter was in serious condition.

Dolan said his department knows where Engeldinger got his handgun about a year ago, adding that the shooter had been carrying out “lots of practice,” but whether he was “doing that for a purpose, we don’t know that yet.”

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