Cottage Grove woman killed at strip mall had feared husband, sought divorce

Police believe a man killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself Thursday in Cottage Grove. He later died. Witnesses say the man fired several shots as he chased the woman through the parking lot of a strip mall. The woman had feared he might harm her, and a divorce was pending, investigators say. Her husband left a note about financial and relationship problems. The young couple had two sons, 3 years old and 5 months old.

Authorities in Cottage Grove say a gunman chased his wife through the parking lot of a strip mall before fatally shooting her and then turning the gun on himself Thursday.

The 22-year-old mother had expressed fear that her estranged husband would harm her, Police Chief Craig Woolery said Friday morning, the Star Tribune reports. She had filed for divorce, and also a protection order last year, although that order had been dismissed, the newspaper reports.

The Star Tribune identifies them as Chevel Richard, 22, and his wife, Tensia Richard. The couple had two children, 3 years old and 5 months old, the newspaper reports.

Investigators found a long, rambling note from the gunman that outlined financial and relationship problems, Fox 9 reports. Chevel Richard was charged with fifth-degree assault in June stemming from a domestic incident, Fox 9 says.

Witnesses told reporters they saw a woman run out of a nearby Anytime Fitness with a man chasing and shooting at her.

WCCO says police found the woman dead and her husband with a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a Jimmy John's sandwich shop. The man was transported to Regions Hospital, where he later died.

Fox 9 has an interview with a witness from the terrifying scene:

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A reporter from KARE 11 tweeted a photo from the scene:

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