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Woman charged with injuring three at Gig Harbor-area store pleads not guilty

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Aug. 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm with 8 Comments »
August 14, 2012 7:48 am

Pierce County prosecutors said today Laura K. Sorenson took three things into the Peninsula Market near Gig Harbor on Saturday afternoon: a history of mental illness, a hatred of men and a gun.

By the time she left the market in handcuffs, three men were wounded, and blood covered the inside of the grocery at 14220 92nd Ave. N.W.

Sorenson later told detectives “she had decided to kill herself and wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone else first,” court papers filed today show.

“She states she had been molested as a young child and hated men,” the records show. “She admitted going to the store with the intent to kill someone.”

The 20-year-old woman was charged this afternoon with two counts of attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault. She  pleaded not guilty. Court Commissioner Craig Adams ordered her jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

Deputy prosecutor Patrick Cooper said Sorenson has a history of mental illness.

“The victims did appear random,” Cooper said.

She walked into the store about 12:45 p.m., put down her purse, pulled out a .357 magnum revolver and began firing, court records show. She reportedly got the gun from her grandmother’s home.

A 40-year-old man suffered the most serious injuries. A bullet hit his upper right arm, continued through his chest and out his back, the records show. A 78-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. A 20-year-old man apparently was hit in the leg by shrapnel.

A woman who’d been outside the store entered and held Sorenson down until sheriff’s deputies arrived, court records show. Witnesses said others tended to the wounded until paramedics got to the scene.

“The defendant had apparently put the gun down after all rounds were fired,” the records show. “… it appears the defendant made statements to at least two females present that she did not intend to hurt them.”

Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. LeePHill says:

    yeah….we need to exterminate the mentally ill.

    Isn’t that a “death panel”?

  2. Not really LeePHill, exterminating the mentally ill is a progressive idea, championed by the likes of George Bernard Shaw, Margaret Sanger, and some tell us even FDR thought some of the ideas of eugenics espoused by progressive politics had merit.


  3. buttmanroad says:

    What is up with all the Shootings lately? You can’t blame it all on Hot Weather.

  4. she admits to walking into the store to kill someone, but yet pleads not guilty! no wonder everyone wants to live in the U.S., God bless amerikkka!

  5. whatthehell says:

    ahhh, wouldnt this qualify as a hate crime..

  6. Skippythedog…’re an idiot.

  7. Dardena, you also are an idiot, shame on you for being so ignorant.

  8. cclngthr says:

    She hated men as a direct result of childhood sexual abuse that wasn’t taken care of; something that more and more people view as normal.

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