Police: Volk legally bought gun hours before murder, suicide


GRAND FORKS (WDAY) — A pawn shop manager is defending his business saying a woman who shot her three children and herself bought the gun from them legally hours before the shooting.

Thursday marks three weeks since 35-year-old Astra Volk shot and killed her three children as they slept inside their home.

She had created a GoFundMe to raise money to fight her mental illness, but police say, she could buy a gun because she had never been admitted to a mental health facility.

So, she bought the gun at Super Pawn just off of Gateway Drive the day before the shooting.

Michael Stamper sold Volk that gun; he says she told him it was for self-defense.

She had been in twice that week asking about a gun, and we called police who tell us the pawn shop followed all state and federal background check requirements.

“It’s not the best feeling in the world, because you obviously can’t sell the gun to anyone who did that, but it was a shock. Because she didn’t seem like that. She seemed like a normal person who wanted to protect her family,” said Michael Stamper, Super Pawn.

On that day staff also says her son was with her, and asked the cashier if he wanted to join his family for frozen yogurt.

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