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businessman whokilled three employees before turning the gunon himself was a Somali immigrant, described byfriends as an intelligent man who was quick toreach out to other new-arriving Somalis, butwho had lingering anger years after a divorcefrom his first wife.Police say 59-year-old Ahmed Dirir walked intohis business, AK Home Health Care LLC, onThursday afternoon, got into a brief argument,and then shot his three employees. Killed were44-year-old Khadra Muse of Olivette, Mo., 29-year-old Seaeed Abdulla of St. Louis, and 54-year-old Bernice Solomon-Redd of East St.Louis, Ill.Dirir, Muse and Abdulla were all from Somalia,said Omar Jamal of the Somali mission to theU.N. Jamal, who often gets involved in issues ofinterest involving Somalis in the U.S., said hespoke with several friends and relatives of Dirirand the victims, including the wives of Dirir andAbdulla.The home health agency was headquartered ina small business incubator building in a formermovie theater on Cherokee Street, a revitalizingneighborhood about five miles south ofdowntown St. Louis.Police Capt. Michael Sack said Dirir used a semi-automatic handgun. Video surveillance showedwhat appeared to be a verbal dispute, followeda short time later by shots that penetrated aninside wall, Sack said. Neighbors in otherbusinesses in the building called police afterhearing gunfire.

businessman who
killed three employees before turning the gun
on himself was a Somali immigrant, described by
friends as an intelligent man who was quick to
reach out to other new-arriving Somalis, but
who had lingering anger years after a divorce
from his first wife.
Police say 59-year-old Ahmed Dirir walked into
his business, AK Home Health Care LLC, on
Thursday afternoon, got into a brief argument,
and then shot his three employees. Killed were
44-year-old Khadra Muse of Olivette, Mo., 29-
year-old Seaeed Abdulla of St. Louis, and 54-
year-old Bernice Solomon-Redd of East St.
Louis, Ill.
Dirir, Muse and Abdulla were all from Somalia,
said Omar Jamal of the Somali mission to the
U.N. Jamal, who often gets involved in issues of
interest involving Somalis in the U.S., said he
spoke with several friends and relatives of Dirir
and the victims, including the wives of Dirir and
Abdulla.
The home health agency was headquartered in
a small business incubator building in a former
movie theater on Cherokee Street, a revitalizing
neighborhood about five miles south of
downtown St. Louis.
Police Capt. Michael Sack said Dirir used a semi-
automatic handgun. Video surveillance showed
what appeared to be a verbal dispute, followed
a short time later by shots that penetrated an
inside wall, Sack said. Neighbors in other
businesses in the building called police after
hearing gunfire.

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