December 06, 2011

Rachelle Grimmer - Shoots Kids, Kills Herself After She Is Denied Food Stamps

San Antonio, Texas (The Weekly Vice) - Rachelle Grimmer, a 38-year-old Texas woman shot her two children and then killed herself after she was refused food stamps.

According to police, Grimmer shot her two children - a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl - before turning the gun on herself inside a Texas Health and Human Services Office on Monday.

Investigators say the woman was distraught after she applied for food stamps, but was rejected from the program because she failed to turn in the adequate paperwork.

"We were still waiting (for the information)," said DHHS spokesperson, Stephanie Goodman. "And if we had that, I don't know if she would still qualify or not."

Investigators say the woman entered the DHHS office in Laredo on Monday and asked to speak with a different caseworker than the one she had been assigned. Grimmer was then taken to a private room to discuss her case. That's when she reportedly pulled out a gun and began what would eventually become a 7-hour stand-off with police.

Police negotiators called and pleaded with Grimmer throughout the course of the standoff, however Grimmer allegedly kept hanging up on them.

On at least one occasion, Grimmer voiced a list of grievances that she had regarding various stated and federal agencies. She also reportedly told investigators that she was owed restitution of some kind.

After the woman hung up on officers at about 11:45 p.m., police heard a series of gunshots. Officers rushed inside the building to find Grimmer's body and two children who had also been shot. The children were alive but unconscious when they were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Officials say Grimmer initially applied for food stamps in July, but missed the standard interview in which state workers normally assess an applicant's case. Grimmer reportedly never called back to reschedule the appointment. The case was closed in August for inactivity.

Three month's later, Grimmer contacted the agency again to demand a review of how her case was handled. When an agency supervisor called Grimmer's cell phone last Thursday, no one answered and the voicemail box was full.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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