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Shooter who killed brother had been ousted from family firm

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Updated 9:23 pm, Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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A man who shot and killed his brother outside their family's business Monday morning apparently had been forced out of the company following a dispute, investigators say.

Gordon Shwisha, of Fairfield, was killed by his older brother, Daniel Shwisha, in a parking lot at the family's lighting-fixtures firm in New Haven. Daniel Shwisha then drove to their parents home in Westport, where he fatally shot himself in the head.

Investigators said a business dispute between the siblings had been simmering, and Daniel Shwisha, 47, had been ousted from the business, according to an Associated Press report.

It was unclear when Daniel Shwisha had been forced out.

Police said Gordon Shwisha, 45, was shot multiple times as he sat in his Jeep Grand Cherokee outside Electrix Inc. shortly after arriving for work at about 7:45 a.m. Monday.

About 45 minutes later, Daniel Shwisha shot himself in front of his parents inside their house in the Greens Farms section of Westport, authorities said. Daniel Shwisha reportedly believed the parents had taken his brother's side in the dispute.

The sibling's father, Haim Shwisha, is listed as company president.

Police discovered more weapons in Daniel Shwisha's car, according to a report in the New Haven Register, including an assault rifle, a handgun and ammunition.

New Haven police on Tuesday said they had been called to Electrix several weeks earlier when employees discovered ammunition there.

Electrix Inc. is a privately owned manufacturer of high-end architectural lighting fixtures.

Authorities said Gordon Shwisha left a wife and young child in Fairfield. His brother left a wife and young children in Woodbridge.