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Man who shot two, self in Boise was VA employee

Boiseans initially thought gunfire was fireworks

Zach Creech talks about the gunfire that surprised and frightened some in his West Boise neighborhood. (Video by Katy Moeller)
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Zach Creech talks about the gunfire that surprised and frightened some in his West Boise neighborhood. (Video by Katy Moeller)

A 53-year-old Kuna man who police say shot two people before taking his own life late Tuesday was an employee at the Boise VA Medical Center.

Alan Robert Amundson was chief of Environmental Management Service at the medical center, spokesman Joshua Callihan confirmed Thursday. He had worked in custodial services there since 2008.

“I can’t comment past that,” Callihan said when asked about whether there had been any work-related issues with Amundson.

A Boise police officer who was shot in the chest Tuesday — and saved from fatal injury by his ballistic vest — was treated at a local hospital and released Wednesday. Another man, who hasn’t been identified, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

The man remained hospitalized Thursday but authorities declined to release any information about his condition due to privacy laws. Boise police haven’t disclosed the man’s name because the department has a policy that prohibits the release of the names of victims.

Amundson was not charged with any crimes in Idaho, according to online court records. He and his wife divorced in the spring last year.

Police have indicated that Amundson was a resident of Kuna. He also lived at a house on West Antietam Street in South Boise, according to online records.

A neighbor on West Antietam told the Statesman that he thought Amundson and his wife had lived in the house about a year; he’s unsure when the couple moved out. He said he never saw any conflict or issues at the house.

“He seemed pretty mild-mannered,” said Nathan Galvin, who has lived in the neighborhood about 18 years.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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