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Standard Gravure shooting marks 25 years

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was one of the first workplace shootings in the country and to this day, one of the worst.

On September 14, 1989, eight people were shot and killed, one died of a heart attack, and 12 were injured when Joseph Wesbecker, 47, walked into the Standard Gravure printing plant in downtown Louisville and opened fire.

Wesbecker was a former employee of the company on disability for mental illness. He entered the building on W. Broadway and 6th Streets carrying multiple guns and started shooting immediately.

When the shooting rampage started that morning, news photographer Kenny Bradley was working next door. He was getting his gear ready around 8:30 a.m. when he said people started flooding out of the building.

"All of sudden people started streaming out of the building yelling 'he's shooting everybody, he's shooting everybody," said Bradley who followed the first responding officer into the building. "I said, I'm going to go with you, and I grabbed my camera and he said, good you can watch my back"

Bradley has waited 25 years to tell his story. He says up until today, it's been too hard to talk about.

"We didn't know what exactly had happened, we just knew a lot of people had been hurt, and hurt bad."

Bradley said he followed officer Jim Woosley's lead as they walked in alone--unaware of what they would find, and who they may encounter.

Wesbecker had shot himself by the time Bradley and Woosley found him.

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