St. Louis Shooting: Boss Kills Employees, Self In Shocking Murder-Suicide [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on June 14, 2013 10:55 AM EDT

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A St. Louis shooting at an office building in downtown left four victims, including the shooter, dead. (Photo: Reuters)

A St. Louis shooting spree at downtown office building on Thursday resulted in four employees -- two men and two women -- being killed. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the shooter was the owner of the business where the St. Louis shooting occurred. After murdering three employees, including the other owner, he then turned the gun on himself.

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According to police, one witness said he heard shots in the building, which contained a number of other businesses, including a daycare facility and a bank, around 1:40 p.m., and subsequently called 911. The shots originated from the A K Home Health Care office in the Cherokee Place Business Incubator at 2715 Cherokee Street in downtown St. Louis.

Daily News reports that at least a dozen police officers showed up on the scene and sealed off the area. When authorities arrived, they found four people who had been fatally shot, and recovered a semiautomatic handgun.

St. Louis Police Capt. Michael Sack told reporters that surveillance footage showed the shooter, identified as 59-year-old Ahmed Dirir, getting into a brief argument with three of his employees before opening fire in the home health care and nursing services office, and then shooting himself.

Reports say the four victims were the only people inside the office at the time of the killings. Homicide detectives and crime scene unit were at the location and the streets were blocked off. Initially, three people were removed from the office building in handcuffs, but were later released after being identified merely as witnesses.

The three other victims of the St. Louis shooting have been identified as 44-year-old Khadra Muse, Dirir's business partner; 29-year-old Seaeed Abdulla; and 54-year-old Bernice Solomon-Redd.

The shocking St. Louis shooting, an apparent murder-suicide, is one horrific incident in a series of recent violent occurrences in St. Louis, a city that has long battled inner-city violence. Washington Post reports that late Monday and early Tuesday, police responded to five different shootings on the city's north side that wounded 15 people.

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