More people could have died in Saturday’s deadly shootout in Winthrop, Massachusetts, which began when the gunman drove a stolen truck to a plumbing company into a building.
This building is an office, and a man who rents the space said on Sunday that if it was any other day of the week, he, his partner and their families could have been killed.
All that remains of the building at the corner of Cross and Shirley streets is a pile of rubble.
“It’s extremely difficult to watch,” said Brian Marks, owner of the building for over six years.
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His company has its own fleet of box trucks, Marks said. “He had to go extremely fast and never brake, and just demolished the whole building.”
What’s worse for Marks than the damage that has been done is the thought of what could have happened to the two men who have rented his building as an office for the past five years.
“It was very scary knowing that they could have been there with their young children, and thank goodness they weren’t there,” he said.
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Michael Ferrara and his partner at M and P Realty said they were in the office all day, five days a week, sitting in the same spot where this high-speed truck stormed into.
“It’s hard to see that happen, something like that happens somewhere where you spend so much time,” Ferrara said.
The partners were able to visit the building afterwards, but most of it was unrecoverable. Ferrara was able to save a hard drive, part of a computer and a photo of her son.
“They have young children,” Marks said. “They are still there, the children come in to go to the bathroom. It was more pure luck that they weren’t there.
As the three men say they are grateful that their families are safe, they can’t help but think of the innocent bystanders caught in the deadly rampage of one man, who were identified on Sunday as a veteran of the Air Force and a retired Massachusetts policeman who lived in the area.
“It’s just surreal,” Marks said. “I’ve lived in Winthrop for 36 years and nothing like this ever happens, when something like this happens, it’s just shocking.”
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Marks said he plans to work with the insurance company and develop a rebuilding plan.