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Gunman kills three, self over argument

Police work at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 13, 2013, in St. Louis. St. Louis police say an argument inside a business south of downtown escalated into gun violence, with a man shooting three other people before turning the gun on himself. (Jeff Roberson/Associated Press)
Gunman kills three, himself in workplace

An argument inside a St. Louis home health-care business escalated into gun violence Thursday when a man shot three other people before turning the gun on himself, police said.

The shooting occurred at AK Home Health Care, one of several businesses inside the Cherokee Place Business Incubator south of downtown St. Louis. The shooter gunned down another man and two women before turning his semiautomatic handgun on himself, Police Capt. Michael Sack said.

Authorities said the shooter owned or was a co-owner of the business and his three victims were employees. The victims’ names were not released. Sack said they appeared to be in their early 40s to mid-50s. Other details were not available.

— Associated Press

Building inspector commits suicide

A veteran inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building weeks before it collapsed, killing six people, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound a week after the accident, authorities said Thursday.

Ronald Wagenhoffer, 52, was found shot in the chest in a pickup truck about 9 p.m. Wednesday. A longtime employee with the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Wagenhoffer had inspected the building May 14 and signed off on demolition work underway after getting complaints about the site from the public, Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison said.

That was three weeks before the four-story building collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store June 5, killing two employees and four customers.

— Associated Press

Zimmerman jury will be kept isolated

The six jurors and four alternates eventually picked to hear the second-degree murder case of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will be sequestered for the two to four weeks the trial will last, the judge presiding over the case said for the first time Thursday.

Circuit Judge Debra Nelson in Sanford, Fla., told a potential juror that all panelists will be kept isolated.

Zimmerman, 29, is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming he shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year in self-defense.

— Associated Press

Remains of 2 people found after wildfire

Remains of two people have been found in an area burned by a wildfire northeast of Colorado Springs, a sheriff said Thursday.

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said one person who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on Thursday found the remains of another person reported missing. About an hour later, they found the remains of a second person.

The Black Forest fire has destroyed at least 360 houses, and about 40,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes.

The blaze is now the most destructive in Colorado history.

— Associated Press

Settlement reached in disabilities case

The federal government has reached a settlement with Rhode Island and the city of Providence for violating the rights of the disabled by segregating them at a vocational school and an employment program where they were “robbed of years of productivity,” a Justice Department official said Thursday.

The settlement resolves violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act for about 200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Harold H. Birch Vocational School and the state-licensed Training Thru Placement program.

Under the terms of the settlement, the state and city will help disabled students at Birch prepare for “real jobs,” and the state will make sure Training Thru Placement participants get employment and other services in more integrated community settings.

— Associated Press

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