The 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."

Anderson said he'd "kill his wife if she left him." She left him.

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