The son of a rich hedge fund manager fatally shot his father after being told that his weekly allowance would be cut and his pricey Manhattan apartment would no longer be paid for.
30-year-old Thomas Gilbert, Jr., also known as Tommy, was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon after he reportedly shot and killed his father, Thomas Gilbert Sr., during an argument and then attempted to make it look like a suicide.
The elder Gilbert had reportedly informed his son on Sunday that planned to reduce his weekly allowance to $300 a week and stop paying rent for his apartment in Chelsea. Tommy showed up to his parents’ house at around 3 p.m., requesting that he have a moment to speak to his father alone. His mother, Shelley Gilbert, agreed and left the house to buy her son a sandwich. Fifteen minutes later, according to the New York Daily News, Shelley returned home and discovered her husband’s body.
Authorities said that a .40 caliber Glock 22 was resting on Gilbert’s chest and in his left hand when he was discovered in his bedroom, in an attempt by Tommy to make it appear to be a suicide. “The gun laying where it was didn’t seem like a self-inflicted wound as we’ve had in the past,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
Neighbors described Thomas Gilbert, Sr., founder of Wainscott Capital Partners, as a “good person.”
“He was always extremely nice to me and my dog,” neighbor Pierre Gazarian said. "He was courteous, elegant and well dressed. What I remember most is his smile.”
Tommy, a Princeton graduate like his father, was taken into custody at approximately 10:45 p.m. Sunday night and arrested late Monday morning. He showed no emotion as police escorted him to court Monday night, where he awaited arraignment.
According to ABC News, Gilbert was also arrested in September for “violating an order of protection” and charged with second-degree criminal contempt.