Morgan Hill police say 60-year-old Steven Leet of San Jose had been fired less than two hours before he took a gun from his car Tuesday evening and shot his boss in the Ford Store parts department.
Police say Leet killed 38-year-old Xavier Souto of San Jose in an office and then killed another manager, 59-year-old Brian Light of San Jose.
UPDATE: Fired from the @Ford Store parts dept, Steven Leet shot parts manager & married father Xavier Souto point-blank before also fatally shooting parts & service director Brian Light, who had tried to disarm him, per @MorganHillPD @Chief_Swing. Suspect then killed himself pic.twitter.com/t8UAEydqdc
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) June 26, 2019
Police say Light was shot as he tried to disarm the gunman, but his efforts gave employees and customers precious moments to flee.
After the killings, Leet went outside and killed himself.
Ford Store raising money for shooting victims’ families https://t.co/atXNkNNtpJ
— Morgan Hill Times (@morganhilltimes) June 27, 2019
Police called to the Ford Store Morgan Hill Tuesday evening found a man dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot on the ground near the store’s service bays.
“In his hand was a firearm, a handgun,” police Sgt. Bill Norman told reporters in Morgan Hill, near San Jose in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Employees directed officers inside a building where they found two other men who had been shot and killed at the scene.
Doug MacGlashan, who was working in the parts department, told KRON-TV that the gunman had just been fired from his job.
The service and parts director “had just fired a parts rep that he had said he was going to fire earlier in the day. And I guess the parts rep went outside, got a gun, went into the service and parts director’s office and shot him,” MacGlashan said.
The man also killed the parts manager, he said.
Video and photos showed police cars from several agencies swarming the dealership and employees hugging each other as they left the property.