A mom waiting to pick up her kids from a Maryland high school was shot and killed by her estranged husband, who also wounded a bystander before fleeing the scene, officials said.
Gunfire erupted just before 5 p.m. Thursday outside High Point High School in Beltsville, Md., a Washington, D.C. suburb.
Prince George’s County Police later said that the suspected gunman is Eulalio Tordil, a 62-year-old employee of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, which provides services for federal buildings.
The wounded man, who is expected to survive, tried to intervene in an argument between the shooter and his former wife Gladys, 44, police said.
Behind this effort is a philosophical claim that employers are morally obligated to pay “a living wage” to employees, so they can afford necessities (however ambiguously defined) on a single wage, working forty hours per week. This moral argument singles out employers as the morally responsible party in the living wage equation, even though the variables that determine a living wage go far beyond the wage earned.
For example, as I discussed here, the living wage is a function not simply of the wage, but of the cost of housing, food, health care, transportation, and a myriad of other factors. Where housing costs are low, for example, the living wage will be lower than it would be in a place where housing costs are high.