St. Louis suburb marks 10-year anniversary of deadly rampage
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Officials in a St. Louis suburb are planning a ceremony to mark the 10-year anniversary of a gunman opening fire during a City Hall meeting and killing six people.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the ceremony was taking place Wednesday night at the Kirkwood City Hall.
That’s the building Charles “Cookie” Thornton stormed on Feb. 7, 2008, killing one police officer on his way inside and a second in the council chambers as he yelled “Shoot the mayor.” Two council members and the city public works director were also killed. Mayor Mike Swoboda died several months later from shooting-related complications. The rampage ended with police fatally shooting Thornton.
Thornton argued numerous ordinance violations he had amassed over time were racially motivated. He filed several lawsuits claiming he was innocent.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com