Inspector in Philly Collapse Commits Suicide
Man found in pickup truck with gunshot to chest
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 7:55 AM CDT
Rescue personnel work at the scene of a building collapse in downtown Philadelphia Wednesday June 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

(Newser) – The man who inspected a Philadelphia building three weeks before it collapsed last week, killing six and injuring 13, has died in an apparent suicide. The 52-year-old, whose name has not been released, inspected the building several times and ruled it safe after a complaint was lodged last month, reports NBC. He apparently shot himself in the chest while parked in his pickup truck in an isolated area about a mile from his home, where his wife found him. His suicide note had been a text to her. Meanwhile, a crane operator awaits trial in the collapse, while victims are suing the demolition contractor.

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Imhotep
Jun 13, 2013 10:36 AM CDT
Why would he commit suicide ? The building did not collapse on it's own. And who shoots themselves in the chest ? Even a new building could not have with stood the weight of another building falling it ? Were there charges pending against him ? Did he get fired ? Did he have past mental problems ? Was he depressed ? How long did he work there ? Had he been reprimended in the past ? Was his job on the line ? Was his marriage on the rocks ? Was he terminally ill ? Did he have ties to extortionists, arsonists, and organized crime ?
793tango
Jun 13, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
Can we call him the seventh victim?
Halfhitch
Jun 13, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
Wasn't the collapse caused because the building they were demolishing next to it fell on it?