Police are investigating what they believe to be a murder-suicide after four people were found dead in a St. Louis business on Thursday. Police believe the owner of AK Home and Health Care was the shooter in the incident. The shooter has been identified as 59-year-old Ahmed Dirir.
The other victims in the shooting appear to be employees. Dirir allegedly shot and killed 54-year-old Bernice Solomon Redd, 44-year-old Khadra Muse and 29-year-old Seaeed Abdulla.
Police are still trying to piece together the evidence and surveillance footage, but the current report alleges that an argument led to the lethal confrontation. Video footage captured Dirir in a heated argument with his employees. Police are currently unsure whether this was an isolated event or if a long-standing issue led up to the incident.
"Shortly thereafter, gunshots are shown penetrating a wall inside of the business," police said.
The video surveillance provided police with footage leading up to the attack and bullets piercing the walls, but unfortunately there were not any cameras trained on the store employees during the shooting itself.
Another surveillance video found that no other people entered or exited the building, which has led police to believe that the incident was a murder-suicide. The police also recovered a semiautomatic handgun next to the suspect.
There are no other details at this time. Perhaps the most compelling unanswered question in this case is what could have led a 59-year-old man to shoot three of his employees and then himself. Was Dirir mentally disturbed? Was there another party involved? Was there something more sinister at work? Hopefully, police will be able to get to the bottom of what really happened during this terrible tragedy.