St. Louis Shooter Was Involved in Legal Dispute with His Employer
Posted Jan 8, 2010 8:58 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The St. Louis gunman who shot and killed three people before killing himself yesterday at the plant where he worked was involved in a legal dispute with his employer.
Timothy Hendron, 51, shot eight people, killing three of them, before turning the gun on himself, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the New York Times. He went on the shooting spree at his workplace, electrical equipment manufacturing plant ABB Power, a division of ABB Inc.
Hendron was involved in a federal class action lawsuit, scheduled to begin this week, that claimed ABB allowed its pension plan to charge excessive fees and expenses to workers without their knowledge, the stories say. The suit was filed in 2006, and Hendron was a lead plaintiff, according to the Times. Hendron's neighbor, lawyer Mike Sweney, said he "sensed a certain disgruntlement" on Herndon's part about his troubles at ABB, the Associated Press reports.
Neighbors described Hendron, who lived in Webster Groves, as a religious man who raked leaves for his neighbors and shared his home-brewed beer.