PLACERVILLE, CA — Last Sunday, two golfing buddies spent the day together on the course, but on Wednesday, a janitor at a Placerville elementary school confronted his friend, the principal, with a gun, according to The Sacramento Bee
In a flash of fire, Principal Sam LaCara of Louisiana Schnell School
lay mortally wounded, and within an hour, the married father of three daughters, a respected school administrator known for his sense of humor and love of sports, died at Marshall Medical Center
in Placerville, the article stated.
"It''s a tragedy for Placerville and our entire society," Police Chief George Nielsen declared at an afternoon news conference, in which he announced that a suspect — the janitor — had been arrested and that all the school''s children were safe.
The alleged gunman, identified by police as janitor John Luebbers, 44, was arrested by sheriff''s deputies without incident at his home in the town of El Dorado, the article noted.
Nielsen said authorities were investigating whether the janitor may have had an argument with the principal.
"It''s not really clear whether there was a dispute. It appears there had been a discussion," before the shooting, Nielsen added.