Prosecutors: Gig Harbor market shooter intent on killing someone

Prosecutors: Gig Harbor market shooter intent on killing someone
Lauren K. Sorenson
GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- A 20-year-old woman accused of wounding three men in a shooting at a Gig Harbor store Saturday told detectives she hated men and wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone before taking her own life, according to charging documents filed Monday.

Laura K. Sorenson is now facing two attempted murder charges and an assault charge in the shooting at the Peninsula Market.

Prosecutors allege Sorenson walked into the market just before 1 p.m. and started firing at customers before being tackled to the ground.

According to court documents, witnesses told police that Sorenson said something about "killing" people prior to pulling out a revolver from her purse and firing four to five shots. Two men were wounded while a third was injured by bullet fragments, prosecutors said.

Witnesses also reported the woman told at least two other women nearby that she didn't intend to hurt them, prosecutors said.

The first victim, a 77-year-old man, was crouched down when Sorenson pointed the gun and fired at him, wounding him in the upper leg, documents said. Another victim, a 35-year-old man, was shot in the right arm and the bullet went into his chest. Prosecutors say that victim was in critical but stable condition.

A woman who came into the store was able to hold Sorenson down until police arrived, documents said. Investigators said the woman had already run out of bullets and put down the gun.

After the shooting, Sorenson revealed to detectives she has a mental condition and is on medication, documents said, adding she wanted to kill herself and wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone else first.

She told detectives she went to her grandmother's home, grabbed a revolver, then went to the market, according to court documents.

Sorensen also told detectives she had been molested as a young child and hated men, prosecutors said.