Andrew Golden Living as "Drew Grant" in Region 8

Published: Dec. 11, 2008 at 10:29 PM CST
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Emotions are running very high in the Sharp County town of Evening Shade.  One of their newest residents is Westside shooter Andrew Golden.  Now the town is learning that Golden has applied for a concealed carry handgun permit and has been denied.  Fingerprints given back by Golden in 1998 match the prints of "Drew Grant", the name he gave when filing the application.

Golden, along with Mitchell Johnson shot four classmates and a teacher at Westside ten years ago.

"I think it is absolutely ridiculous that they would let somebody like him have a gun," said Norman Gregson.

"This man actually used a firearm on people.  I don't think he has the right to have it," said Penelope Kourakis.

As people here are finding out about their newest resident their emotions are running high.

"It makes me feel uncomfortable.  I'm worried.  I have three grandchildren in school and for their safety it kind of concerns me a little bit," said Kourakis.

"This individual paid his price to society and I'm a firm believer that people need to obey the law," said Paul Humbrecht.

"I don't think he should be able to carry a weapon, but I do feel he served his time," said Brenda Breckenridge.

Brenda Breckenridge's daughter was a Westside Middle schooler when the shooting happened.  Many feel fear will always follow where Golden goes.

"We have the right to watch him because he can't hide from us," said Breckenridge.

"Everybody has the right to have some privacy, but I feel he's lost that right," said Kourakis.

Some say acceptance may be hard for Golden to ever find.

"If justice is going to work it's got to work the way we dole it out, the way the judges dole it out.  He was given his sentence, he served it," said Breckenridge.

"There are a lot of people that lost rights too.  The rights to have their children there and it's not right," said Kourakis.

"Go ask Mitchell Wright and go ask the parents of all the kids that he killed," said Gregson.