KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A former Target employee who was turned down for a private security license and planned to “cause havoc” was identified Monday as the man suspected of killing two people in a crowded mall parking lot before he was shot by police.
David W. Logsdon, 51, had been stopped by police while driving the car of his next-door neighbor, whom police had found dead in her home hours earlier.
Police did not say how Patricia Ann Reed, 67, died or if Logsdon was a suspect in her death, but they believed the events were connected.
“David Logsdon had a plan,” police chief James Corwin said. “And that plan was that he had been an employee of that Target store and had been turned down for a private security license. His objective was to go to the mall and cause havoc.”
After the officer pulled Logsdon over Sunday, police say he shot the officer in the arm. The officer, whose wound was not life-threatening, returned fire and shattered the window of the gunman’s car.
Logsdon drove to the shopping center, fatally shot two people in the parking lot and wounded seven others outside the Target where he used to work, then went inside the mall where he was killed by police, authorities said.
Logsdon’s sister, Kathryn Cagg, said he was mentally ill and an alcoholic. She said the family was concerned he would commit suicide in October 2005 and had taken him for treatment, but he was released after six hours.