Rapture ribbing may have led to shooting at Eugene workplace
Posted: Jun 28, 2011 7:55 AM MDT Updated: Jun 28, 2011 12:26 PM MDT
By Staff and AP reports
The motive in a workplace shooting in Eugene may be the ribbing one employee took from a co-worker after the predicted May 21 rapture failed to occur.
The mother of the victim told The Register Guard that her son said Dale O'Callaghan took it personally when he was needled about his belief that he would be taken to heaven by the return of Jesus Christ.
Eugene police say O'Callaghan shot Jerry Andrews on Friday morning at LHM Hydraulics, where they worked. Andrews suffered a fractured shoulder.
Police say O'Callaghan was still at the business when they arrived just before 7 a.m.
His mother, Robin O'Brien, says her son didn't want to speak with a reporter about the shooting, but she said O'Callaghan had expected to be taken up in the rapture.