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Woman commits suicide at store in Leesburg

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Lee County woman walked into a pawn shop this morning, bought a gun, then went back to her car and killed herself. A customer at Leesburg Pawn found 48-year old Kathryn Hollis slumped over in her car.  The Sheriff says proper procedure was followed in the sale of the gun.

In business for two decades, Leesburg Pawn shop has never been rocked by a tragedy like this. "We've been in business 20 years and never had anything like this happen. We've sold guns to I don't know how many people," said Manager Jason Sheffield.

But Thursday morning, just before 11, a customer found a woman in this white Mercedes, with a gunshot wound.  Sheriff Reggie Rachals said, "The victim went inside the store here and purchased a weapon and sometime after she walked out, committed suicide with the weapon."

Sheriff Reggie Rachals says 48-year old Katherine Hollis bought a Taurus .38 revolver and ammunition from Leesburg Pawn following all normal requirements and FBI checks.  He said, "It appears that they done everything proper and by law and all the steps were properly taken."

Regardless, it's a sad day at Leesburg Pawn. "It's a major tragedy," said Sheffied. "I would hate to know that anything like that would happen to anybody that I knew or anybody that I loved.  It's very sad."

The GBI was called in to assist the Lee County Sheriff's Office, but there is no indication of any foul play. Ms. Hollis did not have a permit for a firearm, but workers ran an instant background check for the purchase and she passed.

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