Conn. Beer Distributor Reopens After Killings

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    A beer distributorship stands in Manchester, Conn., Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010. Earlier in the day, a warehouse driver who a union official said was caught on video stealing beer from the distributorship where he worked went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people and wounding two before committing suicide. Omar Thornton, 34, pulled a handgun after a meeting in which he had been offered the chance to quit or be fired, Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy said. Among those killed was Thornton's union representative at the meeting. (AP Photo/Hartford Courant, Patrick Raycraft) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **

    Employees of Hartford Distributors will return to work on Wednesday, more than a week after a shooting rampage that left eight people dead at the Manchester beer distribution company.

    "All employees will meet in the parking lot at 7 a.m. to participate in a period of silence and remembrance for our co-workers and friends whose lives ended so tragically," Hartford Distributors President Ross Hollander said in a statement released on Tuesday.

    Omar Thornton, an HDI truck driver, shot and killed eight of his co-workers after being forced to resign over stealing beer.

    Thornton had just come from a meeting with his managers when he pulled a gun from a lunchbox and opened fire.

    The beer distribution company had remained closed ever since.

    "Everyone at Hartford Distributors appreciates the understanding and tremendous outpouring of support from our customers and the entire community as we resume deliveries," Hollander said. The Hollander family is humbled by the generosity and kindness we have received from so many people, including those who we may never know."