A story from our area made national news yesterday.
There was a fatal shooting at a radio station.
A mentally ill man showed up at an auto dealer, laid a shotgun on the counter and told the owners he needed money and wanted to broadcast things that were going wrong in his life. When he left, the owners immediately called police.
Officers showed up at Jerry's building as his morning show was ending. Everyone was ordered into the few rooms without any windows. They were allowed to leave when the gunman was dead.
He had targeted a nearby Christian radio station, not theirs.
But the incident without a doubt put things into perspective for us and made me appreciate everything I have on a daily basis that much more.
The story is pretty sensational as far as police shootouts go. The man was driving his white Ford Bronco erratically on the lawn and shot at officers through his window. Witnesses say he targeted the police, who were there when he arrived, and rammed into two cruisers throughout the ordeal.
He died in a hail of bullets when police fired back.
Many have been speculating about his motive. One local attorney said he thought it was "suicide by police" and pointed out the shooter, a 50-year-old man who recently resided in Wyoming, could've driven away instead of continually looping through the area.
The shooter's ex-wife said he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years ago and could become violent when he didn't take his medication.
A tragedy, for sure, but I'm so greatful it ended without anyone else getting hurt.