Fatal Shooting in North Georgia

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A 59-year-old man walked into a crowded hospital waiting room in North Georgia last Friday and killed his wife and mother-in-law. The shootings happened at Hutcheson Medical Center, about 10 miles from the Tennessee border in Oglethorpe, Georgia.

The two victims were identified as 56-year-old Mary Benson of Rossville Georgia and her mother, 76-year-old Charlotte Johnson of Chattanooga. The two women were visiting a relative who was in the intensive care unit of the hospital. The shooter told the women “they’d be sorry” before pulling a handgun from his pocket and fatally firing.

The shooter, identified as James Benson, was separated from his wife. He was a security guard. He was licensed to carry a firearm, and had no criminal history. He had been seen at the hospital earlier in the week arguing with his wife, but was not felt to be a threat.

In response to the shooting the hospital added extra unarmed security guards.

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