Marvin Marley had fired Dave Crachit 2 days earlier on Christmas Eve when it was found out that Efram Poppagill didn't get the Fedex package that had been sent the previous day.
"Cracht!" Marvin shouted. "That package you sent to Poppagill last night didn't get there! You're in for trouble!"
Dave checked the Fedex delivery system on his computer and it revealed that the plane had crashed off of Newfoundland an hour after take off. However, when Dave told Marvin what had happened, he wouldn't hear of it.
"Clear out of here, Crachit," he shouted, "or I'll have you hanging by your nuts!" And with that, Marvin waved his cane at him, causing Dave to dive out of the way. Marley fell down a flight of stairs before landing on his buttocks.
Dave ran out of the office and headed home to his house in South Boston, where he told his wife Belle what had happened. When he told her that Marley had sacked him, Belle reassured him that everything would be all right.
And up until they sat down at dinner with the family that evening, it was. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door.
"David," Belle said, "I'll get up to answer it."
"Okay," Dave said. "Probably it's Pip from the store."
As Belle opened the door, there stood Marvin Marley with a new pistol.
"Mr. Marley!" Belle screamed.
Marvin shot Belle point black in the face. Dave screamed in horror and rushed towards her, but was shot in the throat. The 5 children ran out of the kitchen by the back door. Marvin didn't go after the children; he merely took off. The Boston Police was making the rounds so the kids stopped the car and told the cops what happened.