Kirkwood Gunman in Financial Distress Prior to Shootings

By: AP
By: AP

KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) _ The gunman accused of shooting seven people at Kirkwood City Hall in February was in deep financial trouble.

Cookie Thornton rarely talked about his financial problems, but focused his frustrations on the city of Kirkwood.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Thornton had taken out sizable loans against his parents' two homes. He bought dump trucks for his demolition business that were repossessed. He also faced two liens taken out by the IRS against him for more than $200,000.

Thornton's 14 million dollar lawsuit against the city was thrown out of court two days before the shootings. He killed five people and wounded another two, before Kirkwood police fatally shot him.

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