CHILD SUPPORT MISTAKE LEADS TO DEADLY SHOOTING RAMPAGE IN ST. LOUIS
Catering Company Owner loses wife and daughter in shooting rampage.
Original report about shooting spree last week in St. Louis. A shorter report of incident.
Another victim was raped. Additional article.
Final Toll: 5 dead, including shooter. 1 rape victim. Owner of company has heart attack. And several other employees shot or injured.
And For What?
Turns out that it was sparked by a mistake by the State of Missouri's Child Support office.
State says it was taking too much child support from shooter
ST. LOUIS - A clerical error caused the state to assess a man who went on a shooting rampage last week five times more per month in child support than he actually owed, state officials acknowledged.
Herbert L. Chalmers, who shot four people to death before killing himself last week, told a sometime girlfriend he raped during the rampage that he was upset about his child support obligations. One of the victims was the mother of some of his children.
An error in data entry, made when more than 400,000 child support files were converted to a new computer database in 1998, increased Chalmers' monthly child support more than fivefold, said Deborah Scott, spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services.
Continue reading here from The Kansas City Star.
KSDK News in St. Louis has article and a video report.
Shooter was actually a good worker for the catering company.