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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — Three employees of a home health care business in Missouri were killed on Thursday when their employer opened fire after a verbal dispute, local authorities said on Friday. The suspected gunman was also found dead, but the exact motive was not immediately known.
The shooting occurred just before 1:30 p.m. local time at the Cherokee Place Business Incubator in St. Louis., which houses a number of businesses within its complex. Officers responded to the scene after others inside the building heard gunshots coming from A K Home Health Care, L.L.C. on the building's first floor.
Responding officers located four bodies, two adult males and two adult females, inside the home health care business. "Investigation revealed there were no witnesses to the incident, but others inside of the businesses within the building heard gunshots," a St. Louis police spokesperson said.
Investigators recovered a surveillance video which shows a male in an apparent verbal dispute, after which gunshots are seen penetrating a wall inside of the business. It is believed the owner of the business opened fire, killing three of his employees before turning the gun on himself.
"The surveillance video also shows that no one had entered or exited the business other than the four deceased, which led investigators to determine this incident to be a murder/suicide. The weapon was recovered at the scene next to the suspect," the spokesperson said, giving no details about a possible motive.
St. Louis Today reported that a woman, dressed in traditional Muslim garments, later arrived at the scene and mourned the deaths after officers did not allow her to access the crime scene. She claimed the victims were all related family members and immigrants from Somalia, but authorities have not yet released the identities of the victims.