Today marks 26-year anniversary of Standard Gravure shooting - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Today marks 26-year anniversary of Standard Gravure shooting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One of the nation's first workplace shootings happened in Louisville 26 years ago today.

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.

Ken Bradley, a WDRB photographer who is now retired, shot footage at the scene that day. He kept silent about what he saw for 25 years until last year on the 25th anniversary of the shooting. 

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

Click here to read more of Bradley's story

Wesbecker ended up taking his own life. 

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