'I swear she wanted to kill them,' says Wauna market shooting survivor

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 5:40 PM

TACOMA, Wash.—The third man shot in a Gig Harbor grocery store Saturday said he was trying to get the woman to stop shooting when he got hit.

“I didn’t know how much more shooting she was going to do,” said Lee Crider, who got shot in the leg.

The 78-year-old great-grandfather is expected to make a full recovery.

Crider said he was buying beer, whiskey and hot dogs when he heard gunshots.

He said he saw a woman shooting two men and he thought he better try to get involved to get her to stop.

“I swear she wanted to kill them,” said Crider.

David Long was shot in the arm, chest and back. He is in critical condition.

A store clerk was hit in the leg and is expected to make a full recovery.

Prosecutors called the shooting random and do not think the alleged shooter knew the three men she hurt.

Police arrested 20-year-old Laura Sorenson at the grocery store. Detectives said she told them she had a history of mental illness.

According to court documents, Sorenson told police she wanted to kill herself, but first wanted to feel what it was like to kill someone else.

Sorenson pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges. She is in the Pierce County Jail on $1.5 million bail.

“I would have liked to get a hold of her,” said Crider ,who has one regret from his trip to the grocery store.

“I go to a gunfight and don’t bring my gun,” said Crider.
 

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