Update On Disgruntled Beer Distributor Worker: No History Of Violence, “Just Snapped”

- By Bossip Staff

More details have emerged in yesterday’s story about a black beer warehouse driver that flipped out and murked 8 co-workers and then took his own life:

Family members say Omar Thornton, the man suspected in the Tuesday morning massacre at Hartford Distributors, was a quiet, hard-working man who wasn’t a violent person, but was pushed to the breaking point by harassment at work. Thornton’s mother, who lives in East Hartford, said she received a phone call from him shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday. According to CBS affiliate WFSB, she says he told her he had shot several people at the beer distribution plant where he worked, and that he planned to take his own life. She said she spent 10 minutes trying to talk to her son, pleading with him to change his mind, but she said she couldn’t.

Minutes later, Thornton was dead. “He said, ‘I killed the five racists that was there bothering me,'” said Will Holliday, Thornton’s uncle. “He said, ‘That’s it. The cops are going to come in so I’m going to take care of it myself.'”

Holliday said, “He had some instances of racism at the company. They were hanging nooses in the bathroom and writing stuff like that. They were singling him out because he was the only black person there in that area.” Thornton’s family said he had taken pictures of the threats and said they believe he just snapped Tuesday morning. They said they expressed condolences to the families of the victims, but they said they were mourning, too. “This all could have been avoided,” Holliday said. “He went to the Union a couple of times with issues concerning what was going on, and it was not dealt with appropriately.”

Thornton had been caught on videotape stealing beer from Hartford Distributors and was supposed to meet with company officials when the shootings began, Teamsters official Christopher Roos said. “It’s got nothing to do with race,” Roos said. “This is a disgruntled employee who shot a bunch of people.”

More on the life of Omar Thornton:

He was bankrupt by age 24, when, court filings show, his only worldly possessions were $250 worth of clothing and $600 in a checking account. Debt collectors hounded him for years. In the last two years, he landed a job as a driver for a beer distributor. He lived with a longtime girlfriend in a bumpy relationship that ended, at least temporarily, in the spring. On Facebook, he wrote of his interest in exercise supplements and guns.

None of this adds up to explain why Omar S. Thornton, 34, walked into Hartford Distributors, where he worked, in Manchester, Conn., on Tuesday morning and opened fire, killing eight people and taking his own life; the facts that first trickle in after a catastrophic crime rarely do. Mr. Thornton graduated in 1996 from East Hartford High School, where he left little impression on several classmates contacted Tuesday. He continued his education, although it is not clear where; public records show that he owed $2,500 in student loans.

By 1999, he was making deliveries for Stericycle, a medical waste disposal company in Middletown, and making $24,000 a year, according to court papers.

But the following year, Mr. Thornton filed for bankruptcy. At the time, he owed a dozen creditors, including American Express and Sprint, a total of more than $15,000. His case was resolved by April 2001, records show.

For a while, Mr. Thornton’s fortunes seemed to improve. Eight years ago, he started dating Kristi E. Hannah. A year into their relationship, he moved into the house where she was living in Enfield, about 23 miles north of Hartford.

The couple had two roommates. One, Clayton Mack, 53, said Mr. Thornton was rarely around because he was usually working. Mr. Thornton, he said, told him that he was self-employed at the time.

But the financial troubles resurfaced. About three or four years ago, Mr. Mack said, Mr. Thornton started receiving calls from debt collectors. Not long afterward, Mr. Mack recalled, he saw Mr. Thornton sitting at the kitchen table with Ms. Hannah as they shopped for a handgun on the Internet. Mr. Thornton said that he wanted the gun “just for protection,” Mr. Mack recalled.

Damn. They didn’t have to put dude’s financials on blast like that though. R.I.P.

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    i feel 4 this man cuz it seems like he was goin’ thru some isht 4 a minute…..he was bound 2 do somethin’ drastic…..R.I.P

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  • lani3000

    Black Rage, period

  • HOtsy TOTsy

    wow !

  • Nia

    I hate to say it, but that’s what those crackers get. They sit up in the workplace and like to discriminate, harrass folks, fire you without cause. Finally this man had a enough. He had the balls to do what many of us wanted to, but was not crazy enough to follow through. Next time I bet those crackers think twice about who they mess with in the workplace.

  • Nia

    That’s what they get. People dont realize how they affect people at work with the things that they do. The harrassment, belittlement, and discrimination can take a toll on anyone. I am not condoning him killing anyone, but I definitely understand. They got the wrong one this time.

  • GG

    You know I dont condone violence but I definitely understand. People fail to realize, specifically white folks how the things they do to people in the workforce affect their lives. The harrassment, discrimination, and belittlement is enough to make anyone snap. I bet they will think twice now before messing with someone else.


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  • http://perryone779@yahoo.com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    His credit history has nothing to do with this..yeah black folks have had racism on the job.. damn what the he**? but nooses in the bathroom.. what is this 1904.. this crap needs to stop.. people do snap white folks snap, black folks snap , but i have never seen a white snap because he was harrassed by a black.. just ridiculous! This noose crap needs to stop.. its hurtful nd has nothing but bad coming with it… what was the purpose of these fgolks doing this… its one thing not to like a race but to go that far, all you got to do is stay your azz away from that race of people!!


    What exactly do you want me to do with this information, I’m assuming I’m you gave it to me for a reason, what might that be? Am I to determine that by his credit history he had a reason to take all of these people’s life, I mean I don’t know I’m just asking?

  • Loveurself

    damn this is crazy. This could have been avoided. But my condolences goes out to the families.

  • ELLE


  • Bri

    This sounds like another case of bullying gone wrong. This is no different than what has happened in the schools!

    The were hanging nooses in the bathroom and he took pictures of the crime, but nothing was done. Then all that can be reported after the incident are things about his facebook page and credit score. This is so sad!

  • shut the fu*ck up

    he took care of the crakkers that kept bothering him….case closed

    union ….do ur job

    management…stop fu*cking w/black people

    he*ll white people shut the fu*ck up period
    stop coming to work thinking you can do what the sh*it you feel like doing before someone else snaps on yalls dumb azzes

  • LaDiva

    @ Gimmeabreak78

    Co-sign with you. Murder is wrong and now there are families being torn due to it.

  • LaDiva

    On another note, why are his financial records being exploited? That’s none of anyone’s business.

  • RazeKane

    This is what you call A COWARD PUNK AZZ BIOTCH who couldn’t cope with the real world as a black man. SUE EM, PUNCH EM, KICK EM or CUSS EM, theirs is no good that can come out of what this fool just did. Now his daughter is fatherless, his familily will be sued for the deaths of others and Homie will end up on an express trip straight to hell for killin innocents and himself. To all listenin..if ya wanna go out in a bang, BANG YA MU PHUKKIN SELF and leave everyone ouuta of it…COWARD!!

  • LaDiva

    @ RazeKane

    Co-sign with you…
    U were right, we do have alot of similar views. lol

  • http://perryone779@yahoo.com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    @shut the fu-k up.. i agree with you .. white folks been doing this crap .. taking out the whole company because they gat fired and then some go home and kil their damn families.. because you lost your job get real!! Takes all kinds of people and some dont take kindly to racist crap! Anywho, how are you doing?

  • RazeKane

    La Diva

    Mornin, there is no justification for this chit, be it white or black. I admit, I can can do damage too, but not like a goddam coward, it has to ALWAYS be through the pocket and if not that way then someone gonna get LAID OUT…Peace

  • http://perryone779@yahoo.com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    @shut the fu-k up.. child they got some bamk robbers in my State (STL) who smoothly robbed 2 armed truck men and they dont even have a clue who did it, what happened , or what? and the dudes got 4 million dollars and vam-moosed!clean and clear!!

  • http://perryone779@yahoo.com rose by any other name #9304026339482056536 ™

    @Please… you are 100% right!! everybody reponds different just like the turn the other cheek , some will some wont. most wont thats why it dont pay to harrass on a job and they losing their finances too! what ever! he was wrong of coursr thats why the he** he took his own self out he knew the he** he was wrong.. self explanatory!!

  • LaDiva

    @ RazeKane

    I feel for this man who felt there was no other choice than to murder these ppl along with himself. But I don’t condone his actions. Everyone has a breaking point, but someones u have to be the bigger person and walk away than play the blame game. Life is hard but once it’s over, there is no turning back.

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