Fight leads man to kill his brother and commit suicide

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By: Anika Rao 

(Scroll down for video) A man killed his brother and committed suicide after a fight broke out between them, according to witnesses and police reports.

The man suspected of fatally shooting an employee of the Hospital University of Kansas outside his office building committed suicide, authorities said.

The two men were brothers, police said. Police identified the victim as Todd A. Pruitt, 51, of Shawnee. His older brother, Robert Pruitt, 58, of Merriam, fatally shot his younger brother before shooting himself.

About noon on Thursday, police found the body of the suspected shooter in a wooded area off ​​107th Street and Blue River Road in Kansas City. Pings to the man's cell phone led police to the body, police said.

The shooting occurred at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, in the 5700 block of Broadmoor Street, which is just east of Metcalf Avenue and north of Johnson Drive.

Todd Pruitt was rushed to a hospital where he died shortly before 8:30 a.m. Several businesses are located inside the building, including the hospital, which has several floors dedicated to IT, medical records and call center workers.

Bob Hallinan, spokesman for The University of Kansas Hospital, said Todd Pruitt began work in June at KU Hospital as an IT employee.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends," Hallinan said. Co-workers said Todd Pruitt had a fabulous sense of humor and was a great team player who produced quality work.

The hospital is supporting its approximately 250 employees after the killing. The hospital is also evaluating their security policies in conjunction with the police.

Witnesses told police they saw an altercation between two men in the parking lot. They said the other man shot the victim several times.

Robert Pruitt left the scene north on Broadmoor Street in a blue Ford Fiesta hatchback with Illinois license plate.

Authorities said the vehicle is a rental car that had been reported stolen. Police are not saying what caused the altercation.

Devastated neighbors say that Todd Pruitt was a family man. He is survived by his wife, son and a girl recently adopted from China.



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