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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Domestic dispute
Number of victims: 3
Date of murders: September 3, 1999
Date of birth: 1972
Victims profile: Sarah Miller (his wife); Hubert Aley Franklin Jr., 50 and David Wayne Gilcrease, 32 (bystanders)
Method of murder: Shooting (.22-caliber Ruger handgun)
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado, USA
Status: Committed suicide the same day

Four die in gunfire at busy market

The Denver Post

September 4, 1999

GRAND JUNCTION - A gunman pulled his wife by her hair out of a busy Grand Junction grocery store Friday evening, then shot and killed her and two bystanders before turning the gun on himself, witnesses said.

The shooter's wife, identified by co-workers as Sarah Miller, was working as a checker at the Eastgate City Market, 2830 North Ave. Police said her husband walked into the store about 6:15 p.m., brandishing a handgun.


Four shot to death in domestic dispute

San Jose Mercury News

September 5, 1999

Police said Saturday that a domestic dispute was at the heart of a shooting that left four people dead, including two Good Samaritans and the gunman. Glen Klaich, a Grand Junction, Colo., police official, said that Friday evening Wayne Anderson, 27, forced his estranged wife, Sarah, 25, out of the grocery store where she worked. When Hobert Franklin Jr., 50, a stranger, tried to help the woman, Anderson shot him to death, Klaich said.


Chad Anderson

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."



Sarah Miller Anderson, 25, murder victim - wife

Hubert Aley Franklin Jr., 50, murder victim - bystander

David Wayne Gilcrease, 32, murder victim - bystander

Chad Jason Anderson, 27, murder-suicide



Concealed Carry Now

By Ari Armstrong -

September 15, 1999

On Friday evening, September 3, Chad Anderson drove to a Grand Junction City Market grocery store and asked for his estranged wife Sarah, whom he had assaulted a month earlier. After leaving briefly and returning, Anderson dragged Sarah from the store by her hair while cursing her. Hobert Franklin, Jr. attempted to stop Anderson inside the store. Anderson pulled a .22 Ruger revolver from his pocket and shot Franklin in the chest, killing him. Once in the parking lot, Anderson shot Sarah twice, once in the body and once in the head, killing her. 

Meanwhile, David Gilcrease had herd about the emergency while inside the store and had exited to the parking lot to confront Anderson. Anderson shot and killed Gilcrease and then killed himself. Five shots, three innocent deaths and a suicide. A horrible tragedy. Would a "shall-issue" concealed carry law in Colorado have stopped it? 

While it's impossible to predict what the effects of a law might have been in a particular case, what's clear is that the rate of murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery declines in states that permit citizens to carry concealed handguns. Colorado is one of a minority of states that either prohibits concealed carry by law-abiding citizens or limits the practice. In Colorado, county sheriffs may issue concealed carry permits at their discretion. 

Professor John Lott, Jr. of Yale Law School conducted a comprehensive statistical study of crime and compiled the results in his book, More Guns, Less Crime. Lott writes that if counties now without "shall-issue" concealed carry requirements "had been subject to state concealed-handgun laws and had thus been forced to issue handgun permits, murders in the United States would have declined by about 1,400... the number of rapes in states without nondiscretionary laws would have declined by 4,200, aggravated assaults by 60,000, and robberies by 12,000." 

Notably Lott found that mass public shootings drastically decline because of concealed carry laws. "For those states from which data are available before and after the passage of such [nondiscretionary concealed handgun] laws, the mean per-capita death rate from mass shootings in those states plummets by 69 percent." 

So, while it's impossible to predict whether a nondiscretionary concealed handgun law in Colorado would have prevented Anderson from murdering three innocent people on September 3, it's clear that such a law would have saved lives over-all by preventing many of those types of murders state-wide. 

Of course, the anti-gun lobby uses every tragedy involving guns to push their political agenda to eventually ban guns altogether. "If Anderson hadn't been able to steal that .22, he couldn't have used it to murder three innocent people." But this line of argument ignores some important facts. Even if guns had been banned altogether, Anderson still could have purchased one on the black market or resorted to some other weapon like a knife or a crow-bar.

And if guns had been banned, thousands of lives would have been lost because victims would have been defenseless in their homes against violent rapists and thugs. 

The deterrent effect of concealed carry laws does not even depend on citizens using their guns for defense. Instead, many would-be criminals avoid getting into situations where they might be confronted by citizens bearing arms. Thus, potential crimes are avoided altogether. It's possible that if Chad Anderson had known he would have faced several concealed handgun carriers at City Market, he would never have gone there in the first place. If that had been the case, those who took the responsibility to carry handguns and train to use them safely and effectively would have prevented the terrible tragedy, and they would never even have known it. 

That's why the sentiments of some are biased against guns. Murders make for dramatic television. But the crimes prevented by handgun ownership can only be studied through academic statistical research. The lives saved by gun ownership, however, are no less important simply because they go largely unnoticed by the media.



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