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Five people were killed in the March 1998 shooting at Westside Middle School: teacher Shannon Wright, and students Britney Varner, Paige Herring, Natalie Brooks, and Stephanie Johnson.

Shooter in 1998 Arkansas school attack dies in car crash

Drew Grant, 33, was 11 years old and known as Andrew Golden in 1998 when he and another student fatally shot a teacher and four students at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark.

A man who was 11 years old when he and another student fatally shot four students and a teacher at an Arkansas middle school in 1998 has died in a two-vehicle crash.

KAIT-TV reports that Drew Grant, 33, who had changed his name from Andrew Golden, was killed as he drove a car near Cave City, Ark. around 9 p.m. July 27.

Police say Grant's car was struck head on by another vehicle; both drivers were killed.

On March 24, 1998, Andrew Golden and Mitchell Johnson, who were 11 and 13 respectively, set off a fire alarm and shot at people as they evacuated from Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. Four students and a teacher were killed.

Mitch Wright, whose wife Shannon was a teacher at Westside and was killed that day, offered this comment regarding Grant’s death on behalf of him and his son, Zane:

“The news of Andrew Golden’s death today fills our family with mixed emotions as I’m sure it does with the other families and students of the Westside shooting. Mostly sadness. Sadness for his wife and son, sadness that that they too will feel the loss that we have felt. To his family, we are so sorry for your loss. We are praying that his wife and child will make a full recovery,”

In 2008, Grant, who changed his name from Golden, had applied for a concealed carry handgun permit and had been denied.

 

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