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    IL - Gunman/Hostage situation in Macomb Farm King store

    Breaking story: standoff at Farm King

    Shots have been fired at the Farm King store on East Jackson Street. in Macomb. The suspect is believed to be an armed white male. No injuries have been reported, but it is a potential hostage situation. Farm King is on lockdown. Law enforcement is asking citizens to stay away from East Jackson Street until further notice.

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    Standoff In Progress at Macomb Farm King

    MACOMB - Quincy CBS Affiliate KHQA has confirmed that shots have been fired at the Farm King store in Macomb, IL.

    Police reportedly have weapons drawn and are focusing their efforts at the Farm King Store on East Jackson.

    Police are urging bystanders to stay away and the Hy-Vee has been placed on lock down with customers and employees inside.

    KHQA has heard heard that shots are still being fired and two Farm King employees are holed up inside an office within the building.

    An eyewitness tells KHQA several employees from the Farm King Store came to the Hy-Vee grocery store crying.


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    Police: Gunman still inside store in Macomb Farm King standoff


    MACOMB, Ill (WGEM) -- At this hour, police are involved in an alleged standoff situation with a shooter who police says is still inside the Farm King store on East Jackson Street in Macomb.

    Authorities plan to hold a 3 p.m. news conference about the situation.

    Macomb police say the gunman is still inside the store. Illinois State Police say that there are no reports of injuries.

    An eyewitness at the scene tells WGEM News that nearly 20 rounds were fired in the direction of police officers. Several businesses near the Farm King facility are moving into a lockdown state. Other eyewitnesses tell WGEM News they witnessed employees and customers fleeing the store, hiding behind vehicles and snow piles in the parking lot area.

    Two hostages could be seen leaving the store Wednesday afternoon.


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    updated article



    Macomb police say the gunman is still inside the store. Illinois State Police say that there are no reports of injuries.

    During a 3 p.m. press conference, reporters were told that a 9-1-1 call was received at 12:45 p.m. from an employee inside the Farm King store stating that there was a person with a rifle inside the store.

    Officers say that the suspect came out of the store, fired at police officers than escaped back into the Farm King building.

    An eyewitness at the scene tells WGEM News that nearly 20 rounds were fired in the direction of police officers. Several businesses near the Farm King facility are moving into a lockdown state. Other eyewitnesses tell WGEM News they witnessed employees and customers fleeing the store, hiding behind vehicles and snow piles in the parking lot area.


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    tweet by a reporter says she spoke to a woman who says her father and 3 1/2 yr. old are still in the Macomb Farm King.
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    MACOMB, Ill (WGEM) -- Nearly three hours later, police remain involved in an alleged standoff situation with a shooter who police says is still inside the Farm King store on East Jackson Street in Macomb.

    Macomb police say the gunman is still inside the store. Illinois State Police say that there are no reports of injuries. WGEM News crews on scene say that multiple employees of the Farm King store were scene running out of the store, escorted out by police around 3:40 p.m.

    Johnson said those employees appeared to be uninjured.

    Police cannot confirm how many customers or police still remain in the store. However, WGEM's Laura Johnson spoke to a woman on the scene who says her father and three-and-a-half year old son are in the store hiding.


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    update

    MACOMB, Ill (WGEM) -- Six people, three employees and three customers, that were hiding in offices inside the Macomb Farm King retail store have been recently released, but a gunman remains inside the store in a standoff with police on East Jackson Street in Macomb.

    http://www.wgem.com/Global/story.asp?S=11927114
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    <snip>

    Police received a 911 call just before 1 p.m. Wednesday from a Farm King employee who said a man with a rifle was inside the store, and when police arrived someone shot at them from inside, Barker said.

    In addition to SWAT teams and police, a large truck with "Homeland Security" on its side also arrived at the scene.

    Witness Richard Moulton was at Farm King shopping for a battery charger with his father when they suddenly heard someone arguing in another aisle and then yelling.

    "I heard him say to a guy, 'Get away from me if you don't want to get shot,'" Moulton said. "I couldn't make out what they were arguing about, but I said to my dad, 'Somebody sounds really mad back there.'"

    Seconds later, four or five shots ran out, and an employee came around the counter, wide-eyed, to say that there was a man with a loaded gun, Moulton said.

    "We started looking for a way to get out really fast," he said.

    He and his father bolted out of a rear door and into a parking lot, hiding behind a snow bank. He said police arrived within minutes and surrounded the building.


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    Update:

    Police have deployed a remote controlled tactical robot to clear and secure the interior of the Farm King store in Macomb where a standoff with a gunman has lasted nearly five hours.

    http://www.wgem.com/Global/story.asp?S=11927114
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    Update:

    MACOMB, Ill (WGEM) -- The suspected gunman involved in a standoff at the Macomb Farm King store has been found dead by what officials believe is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Police said that the remote controlled tactical robot sent in to clear the interior found the body of the suspect, the name of which has not yet been released by officials.


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    Wow Texas Mist! Thank you so much for following this story. It's the first I heard about it. Now I just want to know who the guy is. I keep thinking Lester Hobbs is going to do something like this and every time I hear of a standoff - I am just sure it is him. Ughh.

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    Texas Mist-thanks so much-I never saw that on the news today but I was really busy at work. Thank God he didn't take anyone with him, poor soul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starry Night View Post
    Texas Mist-thanks so much-I never saw that on the news today but I was really busy at work. Thank God he didn't take anyone with him, poor soul.
    That's what I was so afraid of - especially after I heard about the little kid being inside hiding!!

    They've ID'd the gunman...another "angry young man"

    MACOMB, Ill (WGEM) -- Police have identified the suspected gunman involved in a standoff at the Macomb Farm King store, who was found dead by what officials believe is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Macomb police chief Curt Barker identifies the suspected shooter as Jonathan J. Labbe, 19, from Tennessee, Illinois. Macomb police chief Curt Barker says Labbe's body was found in the housewares section of the store by the remote controlled tactical robot sent in by police to search the store.

    East Jackson Street is now reopened to traffic, however the Farm King store remains a secure location while investigators continue to process the crime scene.



    http://www.wgem.com/Global/story.asp?S=11927114

    Friend describes Macomb gunman, Jonathan Labbe, as anti-social, fascination with weapons

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    Jonathan Coulter attended school in Colchester with Jonathan Labbe from elementary until his freshman year of high school. Coulter says it's been about two years since he's seen Labbe, but he describes him as an anti-social teen with anger problems and a fascination with weapons.

    "He'd just get angry over the littlest things, and there's been times that he's been known for punching walls and ripping the fire alarm off the wall. He was always talking about knifes, swords and all kinds of little mixed martial arts and stuff that he liked to try and do. He had throwing stars and all kinds of stuff," Jonathan Couter, who Labbe, said.


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