ARLINGTON, Texas — New details have emerged as police continue to investigate the murder of a husband and father in Arlington.
Steve McIntosh, an executive with Belo Corp., WFAA's parent company, was shot in front of his three-year-old daughter Friday evening shortly after he picked her up at Arlington Country Day School Montessori.
Police said the suspect, Antonio Garcia, killed himself after the shooting and had recently been counseled by the victim's wife.
Investigators said it was apparently a case of murder and suicide.
Steve McIntosh was walking out of the school with his three-year-old daughter when, police said, a man with a gun confronted him.
"I heard gunshots — boom, boom, pop pop — and then I heard boom, boom, boom — so I heard a total of six gunshots," said Dana Downs, who lives nearby.
McIntosh was rushed to Arlington Memorial Hospital, where he died.
The 42-year-old was a longtime and treasured member of the Belo family. He was the vice-president and general manager of Belo Advertising Customer Service.
McIntosh recently celebrated his 21st anniversary with the company, working his way up from an accounting assistant. McIntosh lived in Colleyville with his family.
"It's really sad," said neighbor Terry Cecil. "I've experienced a sudden death in our family and it's just really sad. You just want to wrap your arms around your neighbor."
Arlington police spent Saturday investigating the shooting. Detectives said the suspect, 22-year-old Antonio Garcia of Arlington, killed himself after shooting McIntosh.
Garcia's last known address is at an apartment complex in the 800 block of South Center Street in Arlington.
"I've tried to speak to him before and never gotten a response," said Joshua Freeman, Garcia's neighbor.
Police are investigating a possible motive. They said the University of Texas at Arlington student had a connection with McIntosh's wife, who is a psychological counselor at the school. She had been counseling Garcia and recently referred him to someone else.
UTA officials told News 8 that Garcia transferred to the university from Dallas County Community College in the fall of 2009. He had been studying business and was expected to graduate this semester.
"Our hearts are breaking for the victim's family and we are deeply saddened by this tragic turn of events," said UTA President James D Spaniolo in a written statement. "We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers as they navigate this most difficult time."
Belo chief financial officer, senior vice president and treasurer Carey Hendrickson released this statement on behalf of the company:
"We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of our colleague, Steve McIntosh. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many friends he touched at Belo."