Suspect who fatally shot Indian-American CEO arrested

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New York, Nov 16 (UNI) The alleged person, who fatally shot an Indian-American chief executive officer of a semiconductor company in California and two of his senior colleagues, has been arrested.

According to police, who were quoted in news reports, Jing Hua Wu, suspected to be the person behind the triple murder, was arrested by Santa Clara County police yesterday.

Mountain View, also situated in California, is reported to be the hometown of Wu, who is aged 47.

The suspect possessed no weapon and offered no resistance at the time of arrest, Santa Clara police chief Steve Lodge said.

No details of the interrogation following the arrest were made available. But the charges police filed against the suspect were killing of officials of SiPort, the semiconductor company.

Police identified the victim as Sid Agrawal, 56, CEO of SiPort.

The other two slain victims were Marilyn Lewis, 67, head of the company's human resources department and Brian Pugh, 47, vice president for operations of the company.

It was not clear whether the suspect acted the way he did after he was laid off from his job earlier on Friday. Following the current financial meltdown, many employees in Silicon Valley lost their jobs.

Agrawal had more than 25 years' experience in the computer industry. He helped set up high-tech companies such as Adobe, Intel and Bell Labs.

He had a degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Agrawal earned his Master's degree from Southern Illinois University and another Master's from the University of Chicago.

This was the second such incident concerning Indian-Americans.

Last month, unemployed IIT graduate Karthik Rajaram shot his wife, three sons and his mother-in-law before killing himself.

Many technology and banking companies, in view of the ailing US economy have launched job layoffs and cutting costs.

Sun Microsystems said it would lay off nearly a fifth of work force. Citigroup, too, announced a series of job cuts.

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