Gunman in Fort Knox Shooting Dies
FORT KNOX, Ky. (AP) _ The gunman who killed three workers at Fort Knox died Thursday, shortly after a memorial service where his victims were remembered as devoted civil servants.
Arthur Hill died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, where authorities said he shot himself in the mouth Monday about two hours after shooting five civilian co-workers, killing three.
Hill, 53, died without regaining consciousness and his motives may never be known.
″I want everyone to know that my husband was a good man,″ Gwendolyn Hill said in a statement. ″But the man who came out on Monday was one I didn’t recognize and that is very confusing and painful to me.″
Hundreds of mourners who filled a Fort Knox chapel were asked to pray for Hill as well as his victims.
″We ask your loving care for Arthur, who in his own pain brought pain to so many others,″ Army Chaplain Theodore Boback Jr. said.
Hill walked into Fort Knox’s Training Support Center and opened fire. He then drove 40 miles to the VA hospital and shot himself in a bathroom. One of his victims remains hospitalized in serious condition, and the other is in fair condition.
At the memorial service, Paul Higdon, 49, was remembered for his calmness, Deborah Glenn, 36, for her enthusiasm and Wanda Simmons, 45, for her dedication during her 19 years at the Army post.All three will be buried Friday.
″Those remaining in this world must look to family and friends and co- workers for the strength to carry on with our journey here,″ Maj. Gen. Larry R. Jordan said.
Higdon, who supervised Hill at the center, had told his family he was worried about a mentally unstable employee and feared a shooting rampage.
Higdon’s brother, Pat, and brother-in-law Frank Manger said Higdon didn’t mention names, but they have little doubt he was referring to Hill.
Mrs. Simmons’ husband, Smitty, said his wife complained for years about Hill, an Army veteran who had worked as a civilian at Fort Knox for more than a decade. She had recently confronted Hill about his continuing absenteeism, he said.
″She came home many a time and said, ’Arthur Hill is going to be the death of me,″ Simmons said.