St. Louis gun­man kills two util­ity work­ers, then him­self

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ST. LOUIS, Mis­souri — A gun­man opened fire on two util­ity work­ers in a res­i­den­tial St. Louis neigh­bour­hood Thurs­day, killing both of them be­fore fa­tally shoot­ing him­self.

The shoot­ing hap­pened about 11:15 a.m. lo­cal time on the western edge of the city. Po­lice said the gun­man walked up to the two male work­ers for La­clede Gas Co. and be­gan shoot­ing, then turned the gun on him­self.

The rea­son for the shoot­ing was a mys­tery. Both La­clede Gas and an­other util­ity, the elec­tric com­pany Ameren Mis­souri, said they pulled work­ers from the streets for the rest of the day as a pre­cau­tion.

“We have no mo­tive at this point in the investigation,” po­lice Capt. Mary War­necke said. “It does not ap­pear words were ex­changed.”

Manyika McCoy, 37, told the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the work­ers were con­nect­ing gas ser­vice to a home she was mov­ing into. One was us­ing a jack­ham­mer and an­other was in a back­hoe. She was at her mother’s house nearby when, she said, she saw a man walk­ing pur­pose­fully down the street to­ward the work­ers.

“I heard pop, pop,” McCoy said. The worker in the back­hoe “was say­ing, ‘Wait, wait,’ and the guy just kept shoot­ing at him,” McCoy said. The worker even­tu­ally col­lapsed in the street, she said.

The shoot­ing came two days af­ter a man wanted in the slay­ing of a se­cu­rity guard gunned down three men, in­clud­ing a Pa­cific Gas & Elec­tric Co. em­ployee, in un­pro­voked at­tacks on the streets of down­town Fresno, Cal­i­for­nia.

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