Earlier this week, Vajinder Toor, a doctor was killed by a former colleague, Lishan Wang, a Chinese national. [NYT] (Runa via email)
Wang also shot at Toor’s pregnant wife but she was, fortunately, not hit by the bullets. The motive? Revenge. [HuffPo] (Karthik,Krupali via email)
Wang and Toor were involved in a confrontation a few years ago at Kingsbrook after Wang left his post at the intensive care unit and was not reachable for a few hours, according to a hospital employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing murder investigation. The employee said Toor reprimanded him and that Wang threatened Toor in front of other employees.
Wang was suspended with pay on May 22, 2008, and notified by letter that the hospital had decided to propose firing him. He was told by the union that the hospital would only allow him to remain employed if he sought disability leave for mental impairment. He was fired in July.
Following his firing, Wang accused Toor of discriminating against Chinese employees but this was never proven, and Wang himself admitted to having anger and behavioral problems. [TOI]
Disgruntled employees opening fire at their place of employment is not unusual in the United States, where the term “going postal” originated, but Wang took it one step farther and started stalking his soon-to-be-victim. [Express Buzz]
A neighbour said that he saw Wang sitting in his red 1996 Dodge Caravan outside the home in Branford where Toor lived with his pregnant wife and 3-year-old son. It was 5.30 AM Sunday – more than 24 hours before Wang allegedly opened fire.
“He had his window open. I looked right into his face and he looked into mine. His face was expressionless. It creeped me out,” Kalani Lopa, 56, was quoted as saying. “He was casing the place. He was stalking that poor family.”
And in case, there were any doubts to the creepiness of this killer,
Another witness told police that when she saw Wang he appeared to have draped a pink towel over his head.
Wang and his vehicle were identified by witnesses who saw him fleeing the screen. Wang was apprehended with over 1000 bullets in his possession and the conjecture at this point is that he was planning a massacre.
Meanwhile, the pride of India TOI could not but help indulge in some hack journalism. [TOI]
For the most part, Indians and Chinese in the US academia and workplace engage in friendly rivalry with a kind of fierce work ethic that Americans envy and fear. For years, I-C in America has come to mean Indians-Chinese as much as Integrated Circuit.
I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with immigrants from various countries including China during my university days, and even the workplace, but I never received this I-C Integrated Circuit memo.
Back to the story, Dr. Toor is survived by his 3 year old son and 5 months pregnant wife, who was an eyewitness to the shooting and almost became a victim herself.