Missouri: Kirkwood Town Council Shooting
Killed: 6 + Self; Injured: 1
Outraged by a racially-charged dispute over land development in the Meacham Park area of St. Louis County, construction company owner Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton shot several people at a Kirkwood town council meeting on February 7, 2008, killing two council members, two police officers, a public works director and Kirkwood mayor, Mike Swoboda (pictured). Swoboda did not die at the time of the shooting; he spent seven months in the hospital before succumbing to his injuries. Thornton, who had amassed over a hundred municipal citations for performing construction work without proper permits, was shot and killed by police.