By: E&P Staff
Richard Garvin, 42, the gunman who killed two unarmed volunteer police officers and a bartender in Greenwich Viillage on Wednesday night — just blocks from E&P’s office — worked for the Wall Street Journal for five years recently. Before that, he was a reporter at a smaller paper out west.
He had been repeatedly kicked out of the pizzeria where the shootings began and may have been angry that a friend who worked there was fired, police said Thursday.
Police found a resume on Garvin’s computer that listed jobs as a newspaper reporter, stringer and layout editor for The Wall Street Journal, The Mohave Daily News of Bullhead City, Ariz. and Suburban Journals of St. Louis, Mo.
Garvin was an information graphics coordinator for the Wall Street Journal from 2000 to 2005, said Dow Jones spokesman Robert Christie. Garvin claimed on his resume to be a Pulitzer Prize winner. The Journal did win a Pulitzer related to its coverage of 9/11, and each employee was given a certificate in recognition of that.
He had been a page designer for The Wall Street Journal, but was fired for threatening harm to colleagues.
The Mojave (Az.) Daily News reports today that, prior to that, “He covered the city and public safety beats while working at this newspaper from June 1994 to Nov. 1999. He lived with his wife and two children and occasionally played paintball and softball.
“Public safety officials who worked with Garvin describe him as an objective reporter, but not someone who stands out for any particular reason. But Garvin’s former father-in-law, Jerry Mallett, said there was something odd about his personality. ‘First thing I said when I met him – I said, that guy’s a walking time bomb. He would withdraw from people at family functions and just sit in a corner by himself, Mallett said.”
After a divorce and bankruptcy filing following his Wall Street Journal exit, he tried to get into film via writing, acting or directing, and only this month moved from Brooklyn to the Village. But he had troubles and according to police showed signs of paranoia.
Wearing a fake beard, Garvin gunned down the restaurant worker before leading police on a running gun battle through the crowded streets of Greenwich Village. He was shot dead by full-time police officers.
The Mojave paper observes, “Garvin’s former wife and two children live in the Bullhead City area. Garvin reportedly telephoned her shortly before the shooting….
“Acquaintances and coworkers remember a quiet man with a dry sense of humor who was conscientious about his job and mostly kept to himself. Beyond that the portrait becomes hazy. ‘He was hard to describe,’ said Cindy Evans, a former reporter for the Mohave Valley Daily News who worked side by side with Garvin for several years. ‘I liked it because he covered the stuff that I hated covering, which was politics.'”
After the shooting stopped, Garvin’s body lay bloodied and askew outside a shop on Bleecker Street, near New York University and close to several famous bars and restaurants, including Cafe Wha?, where Bob Dylan used to perform.