MARIETTA, Ga. (WXIA) – Police are investigating a double fatal shooting in the parking lot of a Kroger store on Dallas Highway early Friday evening.
According to police and witnesses, this was a domestic dispute with a woman chasing a man through the shopping plaza at 3600 Dallas Highway with a gun at about 5:35 p.m. While she was in her car, racing her engine, he was on foot.
Some very loud words were exchanged between the couple. Then, police said, she pulled a gun, firing first from her car, then getting out to finish the job.
She shot the victim several times, before turning the gun on herself.
Police later identified the couple as Bruce Strange, 52 and his wife, Paula Strange, 54, both of Kennesaw.
Bruce Strange was apparently headed to the front of the store, possibly to get some help, when he was shot. Had the incident taken place there, or inside the supermarket, it could have been much worse.
"It's just mind-blowing," said one witness. "You come to Kroger to get some groceries – bread or bananas or whatever you need – and you come to find out that there is somebody with some kind of issue in their life that…they just snapped, and it's just unfortunate. There's families on both sides that are going to be involved and there's going to be a lot of hurt from his and hers, and I'm at a loss for words."
That's the same sort of reaction from a lot of people who were in the area of the west Cobb County Kroger where this took place.
Cobb County Police are continuing their investigation.