Tuesday, October 13, 2009
"A man who died in a suspected murder-suicide in Mooresville recently lost his UNC Charlotte computer job to state budget cuts after more than a decade working at the university, according to a statement from the school.
"A law enforcement official said Monday evidence suggests one of the parents was involved in the quadruple shooting early Sunday and died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. The shooting also left the couple's two adult sons in critical condition.
"Iredell Sheriff's Capt. Darren Campbell, the lead investigator, wouldn't say which parent was suspected, saying investigators would wait for initial autopsy reports this week before releasing details.
"He said `nothing stands out` in the family history that might readily explain the violence. The family members do not have criminal records in North Carolina, and police said they hadn't been summoned to the house before.
"Public records and interviews with neighbors indicate the four family members were living in the same home where the shooting occurred, at 130 Peninsula Drive, about a half-mile from Lake Norman.
"Douglas Alan Thomas Sr., 57, and his wife, Linda Malone Thomas, also 57, died in the shooting spree. The sons, Douglas Alan Thomas Jr., 28, and Christian Edward Thomas, 25, underwent emergency surgery Sunday at Carolinas Medical Center.
"UNCC Chancellor Phil Dubois didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
"But a UNCC spokesman said Monday that Douglas Thomas Sr. lost his job Aug. 31 as a networking specialist in the school's Department of Information & Technology Services. He was one of only 15 university employees laid off by budget cuts and departmental reorganizations.
"A state salary database from May showed he was earning an annual salary of $81,070."
From the Charlotte Observer...