John­son Space Cen­ter Killer Had Feared He Would Be Fired

The Washington Post Sunday - - Front Page -

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.

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