In a slowly developing story, a shooting took place today at Accent Signage Systems’ 30,000-square-foot office and production space in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood in Minneapolis during the end of the business day. Eight Accent Signage Systems employees were seen standing in a prayer circle near the scene of a shooting late this afternoon, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Approached after their prayer, the eight people of a total staff numbered at 28 in July, said they did not wish to comment about the shooting of six people, with two reported dead and four hospitalized.
Sixty-one year old Reuven Rahamim who stared ths interior-signage company is the son of Iranian Jews that had come to the Israel in the late 1940s. In 1974 Reuven Rahamim’s family emigrated from Israel to Minnesota; after starting Accent Signage Systems in the early 1980s out of the basement of his Minneapolis home, Reuven Rahamim was expecting “Accent’s annual revenue, now in the $5 million to $10 million range, to grow 11 percent this year.” And if so, he had plans to hire up to seven more people, per the July 2012 piece in http://finance-commerce.com
Minnpost had just run a piece in their online paper about Rahamim’s company in August 2012. “Accent’s work also goes beyond sign-making,” with workshops set up “at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake, where they teach job skills and train inmates to build signs for the state. Accent provides the same type of training at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee, serving veterans who have difficulty finding work.” Minnpost also reported, “Rahamim said he tries to give back to the community, because the U.S. has allowed him to achieve success he wouldn’t have reached anywhere else.”
Minnpost is a collection of veteran journalist forced into retirement by the financial pinch felt at newspapers throughout the nation, who now do a better job with the news than the green staff left behind at the Minneapolis StarTrib.
The photo is of the killer identified as Andrew John Engeldinger who lived at 3721 12th Avenue South in Minneapolis, a fourteen year employee of Accent Signage Systems.