Mayor Mike Swoboda, 69, was injured and was in critical condition at a hospital. He is serving his second and final term as mayor because of term limits. Previously he served four terms on the City Council.Five people died in the shootings on Thursday night.
Two city officials spoke of his deep commitment to the community.
One called the mayor "Mr. Ubiquitous" because he rarely went to an event where he didn't spot the mayor. When first elected mayor in 2000, Swoboda pledged to work to keep the city's traditional flavor.
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Some left flowers, balloons and memorials on the steps of City Hall. Others gathered at a prayer vigil where a bell tolled six times as mourners clutched white candles. Residents of this St. Louis suburb struggled to heal as they tried to make sense of a shooting spree at a City Council meeting that left five people dead and the mayor fighting for his lifeMo. town mourns 5 killed in City Hall rampage - USATODAY.com