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August 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Woman charged with shooting 3 men in Pierce Co. grocery

A 20-year-old woman who allegedly opened fire in a grocery store on the Key Peninsula on Saturday afternoon, wounding three strangers, was charged today with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault.

Laura Sorenson pleaded not guilty to the charges during her arraignment today in Pierce County Superior Court. She is being held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

“There does not appear to be any understandable motive for this shooting,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a news release. “The defendant said she didn’t even know the men she shot.”

According to Lindquist, Sorenson walked into the Peninsula Market on Saturday afternoon, pulled a revolver out of her purse and made a comment about killing people. She fired until she was out of bullets, hitting three men, he said.

The victims were a clerk, a developmentally disabled man, and a 78-year-old man who was crouched down and hiding. Two of the victims were hospitalized. One victim is in critical but stable condition, Lindquist said.

Greg and Maureen Sikora, a couple who own a ranch on the Key Peninsula, were heading into a nearby pharmacy when they heard people yelling about possible shots fired in the grocery store.

“We know people who work in the store,” said Greg Sikora, who is 62. “They’re friends of ours. We were like, ‘Oh my God, what’s going on?’ ”

Fearful that people might be hurt, Greg went inside the grocery to see what was happening. A friend who worked there pointed to the shooter — a woman who was “just staring” and seemed “almost comatose,” Greg said.

He could see that the woman was no longer holding a gun, Greg Sikora said. He shouted at her to get down — and she complied.

Maureen Sikora had followed her husband into the grocery. The shooter having gotten on the floor, Maureen Sikora sat on the woman and talked to her, trying to keep her calm. The gun was on the floor nearby, maybe six feet away.

“The woman said she had been molested, and she just wanted to kill men and kill herself, but that she had run out of bullets,” Maureen Sikora said.

According to Lindquist, Sorenson obtained the .357-caliber handgun from her grandmother’s home.

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