Salon Shooter's Wife Said He'd Threatened Her

Scott Dekraai suffered from PTSD following a boating accident
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2011 8:39 AM CDT
Salon Shooter's Wife Said He'd Threatened Her
Mourners pay their respects during a vigil in the parking lot in front of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Michelle Marie Fournier was scared of her ex-husband, telling friends that he had abused her, threatened to kill her, and once held a gun to her head. “She told me, ‘I can’t believe I got involved in this. He is not right … He’s going to kill me,” one friend tells the LA Times. A friend says Fournier told her Dekraai even threatened to shoot up the salon just weeks before allegedly making good on his threat. People who knew Scott Dekraai say he’d changed ever since a 2007 boating accident, in which his leg was impaled by a cleat as he tried to save the life of a colleague who was trapped by a taut rope. He failed, the colleague died, and he’s suffered from PTSD and chronic pain ever since.

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Dekraai had tried to meet Fournier for coffee on the day of the shooting, but she refused, the AP reports. A full list of the people shot that day has now been released; six of them, including Fournier, worked at the salon, while another was just a bystander who parked next to the gunman. More than 1,500 people showed up for a candlelight vigil in the salon’s parking lot last night. “We’ve all heard the expression: Wrong place at the wrong time,” a police chaplain told the crowd. “But what if you are exactly where you are supposed to be? What if you are right where you had every right to be?” (Read more Scott Dekraai stories.)

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