Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Texas woman, unhappy about denial of food stamps, shoots her kids and then herself

Timothy and Ramie Grimmer, ages 10 and 12
A woman in San Antonio, Texas, went to the state welfare office with her two children, unhappy about being denied food stamps.  The woman, Rachelle Grimmer, 38, then pulled out a gun and a standoff occurred.  It ended when she shot her two children, a girl named Ramie, age 12, and a boy named Timothy, age 10, critically injuring them, then killing herself.

From an article:
When the family entered the office on Monday shortly before it closed, Grimmer asked to speak to a new caseworker, and not the one whom she worked with before, Texas Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said. 
Grimmer was taken to a private room to discuss her case, then she revealed a gun and the standoff began, Goodman said. 
Police negotiators stayed on the phone with Grimmer throughout the evening, but she kept hanging up, Laredo police investigator Joe Baeza said. She allegedly told negotiators about a litany of complaints against state and federal government agencies. 
Grimmer let a supervisor go unharmed around 7:45 but stayed inside the office with her children. After hanging up the phone around 11:45, police heard three shots, and a riot police team entered the building. Inside, they found Grimmer's body and her two wounded children. 
The children were "very critical" and unconscious, Baeza said.

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