Armed Husbands and Boyfriends Are Killing Hundreds of U.S. Women
A story for National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
The 53-year-old walked into the classroom where Karen Smith taught and started shooting, killing Smith and an 8-year-old student before turning the gun on himself.
The incident highlights a nagging issue for gun control advocates - armed husbands and boyfriends are a leading cause of premature death for women in the United States.
Anderson was charged with domestic-related assault and battery in 2013, but the charges were tossed after the victim - a former partner - didn’t show up in court. While Anderson was legally allowed to own a gun, he wasn’t the listed buyer for the handgun, police have said.