Two women were shot during an attempted suicide shooting in Knoxville, Tenn.
According to reports, 57-year-old Yvonne Jones fired a shot from her 9mm semi-automatic pistol while in her bedroom. The sound of the shot alerted 31-year-old Cassandra Walker, the live-in girlfriend of Jones’ son. Jones was allegedly preparing to fire another shot into her own head when Walker entered the room.
“They struggled over the weapon,” said Knoxville Police Department Sgt. Sean Hejna. “[Jones] was trying to commit suicide and the other girl tried to stop her.”
Despite Walker’s best attempts to save Jones from herself, Jones was able to fire off a shot during the struggle. The bullet struck Jones in her head and grazed Walker’s wrist.
Authorities eventually arrived on scene and took both of the women to a nearby hospital, but by then it was already too late for the suicidal woman. Jones died from her injury, but luckily Walker was treated and released.
Hejna added that Jones had apparently been suffering from depression for years.
What Walker did for Jones was noble, but she almost paid the ultimate price for her selflessness. Jones could have easily shot Walker – either intentionally or unintentionally.
This story highlights the biggest problem with gun violence. With events like the Sandy Hook shooting and the Trayvon Martin shooting dominating the news, it is easy to forget that gun suicides are by far the No. 1 cause of gun-related deaths in America. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that gun-related suicides are on the rise.
If the world were filled with more people like Cassandra Walker, however, gun suicides might suddenly become much less common.