Fla. rampage followed attempt to enter hospital

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) - Police in South Florida say a woman fired
at drivers on Interstate-95 and bludgeoned her grandmother to death
after trying to check into a psychiatric hospital in Georgia.

Amy Kern of St. Marys, Ga., is being held on two first-degree murder charges.

Kern told investigators that a state-run psychiatric hospital in Savannah, Ga., wouldn't admit her early Saturday. She then drove to
South Florida.

Police say Kern intended to kill her father, but he wasn't home. She allegedly stole a gun from his house and fired at other drivers on her way to an aunt's home in Palm Beach Gardens.

According to police, Kern shot her aunt's boyfriend before driving to Jupiter and beating her grandmother to death with a tire iron.

Kern's fiance says the 30-year-old mother of an infant "made every attempt she could to get help."

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