Man kills co-worker,then himself at Manhattan Home Depot: NYPD

Posted at 3:11 PM, Jan 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-25 22:26:36-05

FLATIRON DISTRICT (PIX11) -- Police said a fight between employees at a Manhattan Home Depot turned deadly Sunday when a man shot his colleague then turned the gun on himself.

Customers at the home improvement store reported hearing what sounded like gunshots about 2:45 p.m., police said.

When officers arrived at the store, located at 40 West 23rd Street near Sixth Avenue, they found two men had been shot inside an aisle, NYPD said.

Police said the shooter -- a 31-year-old man -- came into the store and exchanged words with another man before shooting the victim multiple times.

The gunman then shot himself in the head, investigators said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim, a a 38-year-old man who was shot in the abdomen and chest, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said a .38-caliber revolver was found at the scene.

The deceased's identities have not been released pending notification of their families.

About 70 employees were in the store at the time of the shooting. No one else was injured.

A spokesperson for Home Depot said the company was "deeply saddened."

Circumstances of the shooting were unclear. An investigation is ongoing.