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COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (KMSP) -

The woman shot and killed by her husband at a Cottage Grove Jimmy John's sandwich shop on Thursday was in the process of filing for a divorce.

Cottage Grove police held a Friday morning news conference to give a few additional details on the Thursday afternoon shooting that ended with the deaths of 22-year-olds Tensia and Chevel Richard.

The husband and wife were still legally married at the time, and have two sons -- a 3-year-old and 5-month-old.

Chevel Richard was charged with 5th-degree assault in June for a domestic incident. The couple separated after that, but got back together before Tensia began the divorce process.

A search warrant was executed at Richard's apartment around 4 a.m. Friday morning, where police found a long, rambling note outlining his financial and relationship problems. The note wasn't specifically addressed to anyone.

The shooting was first reported at 3:35 p.m. Thursday at the Shoppes at Gateway North strip mall, located at 7750 Harness Avenue South, near Oakwood Park. Callers said there was a man in the parking lot, shooting and chasing a woman.

Responding officers  found Tensia Richard dead inside the Jimmy John's shop. Chevel Richard was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, where he died.

Surveillance video outside the neighboring Anytime Fitness shows a woman confronted by a man with a gun. He fires a shot, but the bullet misses her and sends her running for her life. She ends up running into Jimmy John's, where several employees ran and hid in a freezer after hearing gunshots. They came out to find the couple both lying on the floor with gunshot wounds.

"She was running toward the phones and she got shot and went down right in front of the phones," employee Grant Tymesen said. "Then, he shot her again."

Tymesen said he and Burns tried to call police while hiding in the freezer, but they couldn't get any cell phone reception. So, Tymesen grabbed a knife and went back to the front, but the violence was already over.

"I saw the shooter on the ground next to the victim. I went up and took the gun away from him because he was breathing and blinking," he recalled. "When I tried to put the gun on the garbage can, police were already there. They told me to put it down."

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