Cambridge police arrest suspect in workplace shooting

CAMBRIDGE -- The co-workers had been arguing for months.

It wasn't clear what the two were fighting about, but today Clyde Howard ended the dispute with a gun, authorities said.

At about 10 a.m., Howard, 65, a custodian from Brookline, chased his colleague Maurice Rickets inside and outside their office at Baystate Pool Supplies Inc., on Smith Place near Fresh Pond, prosecutors said. Howard fired multiple shots, hitting Rickets in the head and torso.

Rickets, 33, a machine operator from Malden, was pronounced dead at 11:06 a.m. at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, said Gerard T. Leone Jr., the Middlesex district attorney, at an afternoon press conference at Cambridge Police Headquarters. Continue reading