School Shooter Who Killed 5 In 1998 Dies In Car Crash

July 30, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: Story

School shooter dies in car crash

A man who fatally shot and killed five people at an Arkansas middle school in 1998 at the age of 11 died in a car crash, police said.

Drew Grant, 33, was killed on Saturday night after the Honda CRV he was driving slammed into a Chevy Tahoe near Cave City in Missouri. The driver of the other car, Daniel Petty, 59, was also killed in the crash. Three other people – two adults and a child – were injured and taken to hospital, KAIT reported. Grant had changed his name from Andrew Golden after the 1998 massacre at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, about 120 miles north east of Little Rock.

The 33-year-old had spent nine years in a juvenile prison for carrying out the mass shooting at Jonesboro Westside Middle School with fellow student Mitchell Johnson, who was then 13, on March 24, 1998. He and accomplice Mitchell Johnson set off a fire alarm and began shooting at children and adults as they fled the building.

They slaughtered Paige Herring and Stephanie Johnson, both 12. Also murdered were Brittney Varner and Natalie Brooks, both 11, as well as pregnant teacher Shannon Wright, 32. Wright’s relatives said they were conflicted about news of Golden’s death. They said: ‘The news of Andrew Golden’s death today fills our family with mixed emotions as I’m sure it does with the other families and students of the Westside shooting. Mostly sadness. ‘To his family, we are so sorry for your loss.’

At the time, it was one of the deadliest U.S. school shooting in modern history. The shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School, which left 15 people dead ― including the two gunmen ― took place a year later.

Both Golden and Johnson were tried as juveniles and found guilty of five counts of murder and ordered to be held until they turned 21. After their release, they were referred to as the only two mass school shooters who were alive and walking free.

Golden was released in 2007, with Johnson freed in 2005. Their records were kept sealed because of their age at the time of conviction.

A lawsuit filed by the victims’ families awarded them $150million in damages in 2017.

This murderer escaped the death penalty and enjoyed life for 21 more years than his victims, including 12 years of freedom – more than he deserved. No need for feeling sorry or having ‘mixed emotions’.

A deposition by Andrew Goilden in 2000

 

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