Days after a construction worked was fired from a Midtown worksite, he fatally shot his former boss and then himself, the NYPD said.
The shooting occurred just after 7 a.m. Thursday at Three Waterline Square, a complex of three under-construction luxury condo high-rises located on West 59th Street near 11th Avenue.
The gunman, 44, fired multiple shots at his 37-year-old former foreman Chris Sayers of Plainview, Long Island, on the 37th floor, police said. Sayers was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour later.
Police said the suspect was found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the fifth floor. A 9 mm semi-automatic weapon was recovered at the scene.
The suspect, who is from Far Rockaway, was fired for insubordination by Sayers on Monday when he became outraged after being told to redo a wall construction.
“They actually got along really well. [Sayers] gets along with everybody,” Robert Pagan, who was working a few floors down from the shooting, told DNAinfo, adding that the suspected gunman “is a good guy, too, but he’s a little crazy, a little hot-headed.”
The suspect had three previous arrests, two assaults and a burglary, police said. Police have not identified him, pending family notification.