Hialeah gunman had troubled past
KENDALL, Fla. (WSVN) -- In 2008 Miami-Dade College decided to start a termination proceeding against its employee, Pedro Vargas, who went on a deadly shooting rampage Friday night in Hialeah, taking the lives of six people before police took his.
Vargas had been working at MDC as a graphic designer. The college claims he downloaded or transferred at least 24 files deemed inappropriate to a college computer. According to administers at the Miami-Dade College North Campus, one of the files Vargas downloaded during work hours was the "Index to the Anarchist Cookbook." This included topics such as, "making plastic explosives from bleach" and "how to kill someone with your bare hands."
Vargas did not fight the termination. Instead, he resigned. In his resignation letter he wrote, "It is clear this is something to smear my good name and reputation. I do not have any desire to work under such an intoxicating environment that has been created in the department."
Former supervisor at Miami-Dade Elmo Lugo said, "It seems, that these were articles that were downloaded. All I understand about the articles is that they had to do with computer viruses and threats to large building locations."
On Monday, 7News spoke with Lugo, who said, shortly after those allegations surfaced and Vargas resigned, he received threatening e-mails and texts that he believed Vargas was responsible for. "My wife, on her company e-mail, gets a photo of myself with my head decapitated and blood gushing out. I did and go ahead and inform Miami-Dade College, and they also went ahead and informed Metro Dade to keep it as part of a case, which is this case," said Lugo. "The only reason why I suspect that it was him, and again there was no direct proof that is was him, is because he was let go, and he was the only employee who had been let go under those circumstances."
Two years after Vargas resigned from Miami-Dade College, he purchased a Glock 17, a semi-automatic pistol, at a Hialeah gun store. "He took a very basic course with an instructor inside the shooting range to learn how to fire a weapon," said the owner at Florida Gun Center Alex Perez.
Administrators at Miami-Dade College said they were not only concerned with what was found on Vargas' computer, but there were also serious issues with his performance at work.
Vargas worked full-time at the college from, 2007 till 2008.
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