Janitor tells police he was fired before shooting

A school janitor told investigators he went home and got a gun before returning to an elementary school and killing the principal who had fired him several hours earlier, authorities said Feb. 3. The Associated Press reports that John Luebbers, 44, was arrested at his home Feb. 2 after Sam LaCara, 50, was shot at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville. No children were injured in the shooting, but police said one child might have seen the attack in the school office. Placerville Union School District Superintendent Nancy Lynch said LaCara had only sent Luebbers home for the day after the janitor became upset over a personnel matter. Lynch said LaCara did not fire Luebbers, because final employment decisions are made by the local education board with her input. She added that the two men “had a good relationship.”

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