April 23, 2011

Wife of murder-suicide victim was counseling shooter, Arlington police say

A 22-year-old UTA student fatally shot a Colleyville man after he picked up his daughter from a private school on Friday.

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ARLINGTON -- The wife of the man fatally shot Friday in front of his 3-year-old daughter had been counseling the shooting suspect but recently referred him to another counselor, Arlington police said Saturday.

Police identified the gunman as Antonio Garcia, 22, a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington, who turned the gun on himself. The cause of his death was listed as a gunshot wound in the head, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

The apparent murder-suicide drama unfolded Friday as the counselor's husband, Steven McIntosh, 42, of Colleyville, picked up the couple's daughter from Country Day School of Arlington, where he was confronted by the gunman in the parking lot about 5:45 p.m. The girl was not injured.

McIntosh was married to Adria Villarreal, 40, assistant director of the university's counseling services. The school's website said Villarreal, who holds a doctorate in counseling psychology, is an expert in depression, trauma recovery and gender issues.

There was no information on what counseling Garcia had been receiving. Police said they have no evidence that the relationship between the counselor and the gunman was anything other than professional. They said the two men likely knew each other.

Garcia was a business major who lived in Arlington and transferred to the university from Dallas Community College in the fall 2009. He was expected to graduate next month, said Kristin Sullivan, a university spokeswoman.

The medical examiner's office said McIntosh died from multiple gunshot wounds. McIntosh was vice president and general manager of advertising customer service at Dallas-based Belo Corp., the parent company of WFAA/Channel 8 and The Dallas Morning News.

The university said Saturday that it would not release information about the counselor, but it issued a statement of condolences.

"Our hearts are breaking for the victim's family, and we are deeply saddened by this tragic turn of events," university President James Spaniolo said in the statement.

"We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers as they navigate this most difficult time."

In a statement, Belo Chief Financial Officer Carey Hendrickson said, "We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of our colleague, Steve McIntosh. Our thoughts and prayers are

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