Most of the workers killed in the shooting were in the room where Martin was terminated [Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP]

The gunman, who killed five fellow workers at a factory in the US state of Illinois on Friday, had just been fired from his job,according to local authorities.

Gary Martin, 45, armed himself with a .40 calibre handgun, which he owned illegally, before reporting for a meeting where he was told he was sacked,

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