Mother of His Children
In September of 1999 Chad Anderson, 27, stormed
into a grocery store in Grand Junction, Colorado. His estranged
25-year-old wife, Sarah, mother of their two young children, was
working as a check-out clerk. Grabbing her by the hair, he began
dragging her outside.
When Hobert Franklin, a customer buying a money
order, attempted to stop Anderson, he pulled out a .22-caliber
Ruger handgun and shot him dead. In the parking lot Anderson shot
Sarah in the torso and the head. Another customer tried to take
the gun away. Anderson killed him too. He then sat down cross-legged
on the asphalt, near his wife's body, and shot himself.
Anderson had secretly taken the gun from a relative's
house earlier that day. Police Sgt. Bob Russell believes stronger
gun-control laws could not have stopped Anderson's rampage. "It
wouldn't have made a difference in this case," Russell said
of proposed legislation. "He didn't buy a gun."
said he'd "kill his wife if she left him." She left
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