Unfortunately, it hit way too close to home today
A murder took place this morning in the parking lot of a Credit Union branch here in town. The victim was a 46 year old woman. The gunman tried to enter the Credit Union after shooting the woman...but the door was locked since they were not yet open for business. 7 minutes later and the gunman could have been in the building...probably firing away at everyone in it.
My wife is the manager of this branch and the 14 employees that work there.
The victim was in a pickup truck using an ATM at the Credit Union, about 8:23 AM. She was accompanied by her 21 year old son who is mentally disabled. He is autistic with the mental capacity of a 3-4 year old. As she was at the ATM, the gunman approached her. She tried to drive away, but he shot her with one of two handguns he carried. She crashed the pickup truck into the corner of the credit union building near the ATMs. Several more shots were fired through the back window of the truck.
The gunman then opened fire on another person who was in his vehicle at another ATM at the time. Two shots hit the truck but the driver was not injured. The gunman fired several rounds at others in the parking lot and at cars on the street in front of the branch. No other vehicle or person was hit by the rounds.
The gunman then returned to the wrecked pickup truck and yanked the boy from the passenger seat, then got into the truck. The gunman was trying to push the victim out of the truck when officers arrived. An officer ordered the gunman to exit the truck and drop his weapons, but he refused. Police then shot the gunman, hitting him in the neck and then disarmed him. Unfortunately he survived.
Even though they pronounced the victim dead about 30 minutes later at the hospital, my wife was talking with the police as they removed her body from the truck and it was apparent she was dead at that time. A couple of her employees saw the initial attack through the drive-up teller window...just a few feet in front of them. My wife did not see the attack as she was making sure her employees were moving to a safe area of the building and calling police.
The accused gunman is a 20 year old male. He was seen earlier in the morning walking on a nearby street with two dogs and he was beating them, and shouting at cars passing by according to a witness. He is charged with one count of felony murder, one count of attempted first degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault.
Needless to say...it was not a particularly good day. She and her employees are safe...but it will be a challenge to deal with what happened for some time to come.