1998 Arkansas Middle School Shooter Killed in Car Crash
Drew Grant, who was previously known as Andrew Golden, a shooter who killed four students and one teacher when he was 11 years old, died in a two-car crash Saturday evening. The other driver crossed several lanes and crashed head-on into Grant’s car.
- By Kaitlyn DeHaven
- July 30, 2019
Drew Grant, who changed his name from Andrew Golden, was killed in a car crash Saturday evening. Eleven-year-old Grant and an accomplice shot and killed four students and one teacher at Westside Middle School in 1998.
According to the Arkansas State Police, Daniel Petty was the other man who was killed in the crash. According to KAIT, around 9 p.m. he drove left of the center-line, crossed a turn lane and both northbound lanes and hit Grant’s car head-on.
Three other people were injured in the crash and they were taken to hospitals to be treated.
Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said law enforcement is working under the premise that Grant, who legally changed his name from Andrew Golden, are “one in the same.”
Mitch Wright’s wife was the teacher at Westside who was killed in the shooting in 1998. He said that Golden’s death fills their family with mixed emotions, but they are saddened for his family.
“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,” Mitch said. “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.”
Kaitlyn DeHaven is the Associate Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.