NEW YORK, United States, Tuesday January 27, 2015, CMC – Police say a Jamaican-born Home Depot employee shot and killed a supervisor Sunday before turning the gun on himself.
Police said Calvin Esdaile Jr., 31, shot the 38-year-old lighting department supervisor three times in the stomach and chest. in the store’s aisle 12 in Manhattan and then shot himself in the head.
Police said Esdaile was found dead at the scene with one gunshot wound. His .38-caliber revolver was beside him.
Esdaile’s victim, identified as Moctar Sy by a co-worker, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
“Unfortunately, both persons are deceased,” police detective Steven Wren told reporters.
Esdaile’s father, Calvin Esdaile Sr., 52, said his son had arrived in the United States from Jamaica in 2006 and lived in Brooklyn, He was the father of a six-year-old boy.
“If it’s him, I’m sorry about this thing, and I’m sorry someone has to die by his hand,” the disbelieving father told the New York Daily News, adding “it’s a shock to me. I don’t know of him having a violent history?
Alex Pereira, 32, a former employee of the hardware store, said Esdaile had worked at the store since at least 2011.
A Home Deport spokesman called the shooting an “isolated incident.
“We’re deeply saddened by this tragedy. We are fully cooperating with the authorities on their investigation,” the spokesman said.