26 guns, ammunition found in home where two Lincoln residents suffered gunshot wounds
Dozens of guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a woman with a gunshot wound and a man with a gun to his head are what Lincoln Police Officers discovered at a Southwest Lincoln home last weekend.
That woman, was 54-year-old Rachel Garten. She went to the hospital with critical injuries and died Tuesday. The man, 58-year-old Eric Garten, died at the scene.
"Our deepest condolences are with the friends and family of the Gartens," Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said.
The findings of a search warrant described the moments before police arrived at the home.
According to the documents, Eric's mother was alerted to something being wrong by a cat walking into her room, which lead her to notice Eric and Rachel's bedroom door was open.
When she went inside the room she found Rachel on the bed with a pillow over her head. According to the documents, the woman removed the pillow and saw Rachel had an injury to her head.
She told Eric what she saw. According to the documents he said something suicidal and went to the bedroom where Rachel lay injured.
That's when the woman called 911.
"We were lead to the bedroom by the woman, our officers saw Eric Garten with a gun in his hand, saw him raise it to his head, taking his own life," Bliemeister said.
Police discovered two bloody handguns. One in the living room, it originally was on the bed by Rachel until the woman moved it. The second was near Eric's body.
According to the warrant, investigators found 24 other firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition.
Police haven't said whether or not it was a double-suicide or a murder-suicide. They're still investigating the Garten's cell phones and other information in an attempt to determine what was going on in the Garten's lives.
Bliemeister said he hopes tragedies like this can raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
Channel 8 Eyewitness News encourages you to see resources if you're struggling with mental health.
The number for the suicide prevention hotline is 1-800-273-8255.