Massachusetts gunman injures 1, kills self outside workplace

Authorities identified the shooter as Kermit Hooks, Jr., 70, of Framingham

Fired Massachusetts man ambushes co-worker then shoots self
A man recently fired from his job at a Massachusetts business shot at and injured a former co-worker on Thursday morning before killing himself, authorities said. (WCVB)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Police have identified the 70-year-old man who shot at and injured a former co-worker at a Massachusetts business before killing himself in what authorities are calling an act of workplace violence.

Authorities say Kermit Hooks Jr. of Framingham, waited for the other man to arrive at the Cambridge business before ambushing him outside with a 12-guage pump action shotgun at about 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

The victim played a role in the decision to fire the shooter months ago, the prosecutor said. “He appears to have been waiting in his car for this particular individual.”

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan says the victim used his briefcase to shield his head and was struck by debris that flew off the brick building. Ryan says the victim was not struck by gunfire and was treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The shooter, apparently interrupted by other people arriving for work, returned to his car and turned the gun on himself.

The name of the company was not released. There are multiple tenants in the building.

The shooting occurred at Third and Charles streets, across from a child’s playground and two blocks from a shopping mall.

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