Tragic deaths at Eastgate City Market happened 9 years ago

It’s been nine years since Grand Junction experienced a shooting similar in magnitude to the tragic events Saturday that claimed the lives of two people.

On a September evening in 1999, Chad Jason Anderson killed his wife and two men who tried to stop him before turning a .22-caliber handgun on himself at the Eastgate City Market. Anderson died from the self-inflicted wound.

According to Daily Sentinel archives, Sarah Anderson had a restraining order against her 27-year-old husband in the weeks leading up to her death. Chad Anderson was arrested Aug. 1 for a domestic violence incident and was under court order to stay away from his wife and their two children.

The City Market where Sarah Anderson worked had prepared for the Labor Day rush in the entry, where Chad Anderson shot his wife, Hobert Aley Franklin Jr., 50, and David Wayne Gilcrease, 32. Franklin and Gilcrease were trying to stop Anderson.

Anderson’s brother was among the crowd that day. The handgun Anderson used belonged to his brother, who told police he was so unnerved by a conversation he had with Anderson beforehand that he rushed to the store to stop him.


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