SMALL MID-WEST CITY: 01/23/2004 – A man who was being evicted from the YMCA in downtown [city] for having alcohol in his room shot and killed the agency's head of maintenance Thursday before turning the gun on himself, police said. YMCA property manager [name], 42, and resident [name], 69, both died in a sixth-floor hallway at the agency, at [address].
[Victim] and two other employees had gone to [assailant]'s room in the Y's residential area to evict him. A short time later, [assailant] armed himself with a handgun and came out into the hall shooting, [city] police Lt. [name] said.
The other two employees were able to flee into another room, but [victim] was shot in the hallway. The witness who called police said he heard three shots and looked out into the hall to see [assailant] standing over [victim]'s body. The witness then heard two more shots and saw [assailant] fall to the ground, [police lieutenant] said.
Police and paramedics arrived at the Y about 10:30 a.m., but both men died at the scene, he said. The [name] County coroner's office will perform autopsies today. At this time, the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide, said chief investigator [name].
[Victim] had been the Y's property manager for five years, leading the custodial staff and overseeing building maintenance, said [name], CEO of the YMCA [name]. He said [assailant], who also went by the name [alias], had been a resident of the agency's 97-room transitional housing center about five or six months.
Family members of [victim], reached by phone, did not want to comment.
[YMCA CEO] said the incident has shaken Y staffers, members and residents. The agency is providing them grief counseling. “He was a well-liked employee,” [YMCA CEO] said of [victim]. “This is hitting the staff very hard. He was a wonderful employee. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family.” He said [victim] was married and had two children – one in high school and one in college.
The Y canceled aerobics, swimming lessons, karate and other programs Thursday, although the shootings took place in the residential area, [YMCA CEO] said. Members and residents, nonetheless, were at the facility Thursday evening.
[YMCA CEO] said [assailant] was being evicted because he had not been following the agency's rules. Specifically, he had alcohol in his room Thursday morning. [YMCA CEO] said the man had not caused any trouble before this.
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