A Home Depot employee fatally shot his supervisor at the hardware chain’s Manhattan store Jan. 25 before taking his own life.
Calvin Esdaile Jr. (Facebook photo)
Calvin Esdaile Jr. allegedly shot supervisor Moctar Sy several times in the chest and stomach before shooting himself in the head, according to the New York Daily News. The shooting occurred at the Home Depot store in Manhattan’s Flatiron District.
Moctar Sy (Twitter photo)
“Just as I turned the corner I hear boom, boom, boom and boom,” Howard Mash, 65, told the Daily News. “At first I thought somebody dropped a box of light bulbs, but the noise was so loud.”
Officials found Esdaile’s body near a .38 caliber handgun. Paramedics rushed Sy to Bellevue Hospital, where he was declared dead a short time later. Esdaile worked with Sy in the lighting department and was recently fired by him, police said.
Esdaile’s father expressed regret over his son’s actions.
“If it’s him, I’m sorry about this thing, and I’m sorry someone has to die by his hand,” Calvin Esdaile Sr. told NewsOne.
Esdaile moved to Brooklyn from Jamaica in 2006, the newspaper reported, and leaves behind a six-year-old son.
“We’re deeply saddened by this tragedy,” Home Depot representatives said in a statement. “We are fully cooperating with the authorities on their investigation of what appears to have been an isolated incident.”