Johnson Space Center Killer Had Feared He Would Be Fired
HOUSTON, April 21 — The gunman who apparently shot to death one man and then himself at the Johnson Space Center had received a poor job review and feared being fired, police said Saturday.
William A. Phillips, 60, smuggled a snub-nosed revolver into the space center Friday and barricaded himself in a building that houses space communications and tracking systems, officials said.
Phillips confronted a superior, David Beverly, 62, in Beverly’s office about his performance review, police said. After talking with Beverly for several minutes, Phillips shot him twice and left. He returned and shot Beverly twice more, police said.
Houston Police Chief Harold L. Hurtt said Phillips bought a .38caliber revolver last month, two days after receiving an e-mail that his job performance was going to be reviewed.