The perp was a prohibited person. "Nelson also pleaded guilty in 2008 to two counts of felony assault and three counts of violating a restraining order, court records show." Possessing a firearm put him in violation of the GCA of 1968 as well as Alaska State law.
There were warning signs and stalking prior to the culminating violent crime. "There were many footprints and snowshoe prints around the neighborhood that the residents believed to be evidence of Nelson spying on them through their windows, she said. There's something Verna Carey wants other people to know, Ehrman said.
'When there's warning signs of mental illness or drug abuse, people shouldn't ignore it,' she said. 'Everybody in the community was worried about this guy.'"