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272: Point Blank #4: What if you made yourself a target?

272: Point Blank #4: What if you made yourself a target?

Update: 2023-04-049


After a chaotic upbringing and early adulthood, Jessie Sanders carved a life for himself in Rancho Tehama, California and formed a deep friendship, but when his sister reported hearing gunshots at the elementary school that day, Jessie knew exactly what he needed to do, confronting the horror, heroism and traumatic aftermath of loss and violence.

Today’s episode is Part Four of our limited series, “Point Blank,” featuring five stories of people impacted by the spree killing of Rancho Tehama California in 2017. This series is co-produced by This Is Actually Happening creator and host, Whit Missildine and Connor Sheets, investigative journalist with the Los Angeles Times, with special thanks to Jason Blalock, and Andrew Waits. To find out more about the shooting, you can read the original article by Connor that inspired the story, titled: “It was California’s forgotten mass shooting. But for victims, the ‘hell’ never ends,” on the


Producers: Whit Missildine, Connor Sheets

Editors: Whit Missildine, Jason Blalock


Content/Trigger Warnings: gun violence, incarceration, solitary confinement, cancer, drug use, mass shooting, death, child endangerment, explicit language


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Comments (2)

Katelyn Ashley

you've been a good guy since day one. don't let that go. a hero in all your stories. I hope you find peace. your kids are lucky to have a wonderful father.

Apr 8th

Dawn Bowen

Bless you, Jessie!!! You are a true hero! I pray you find peace and know God has used you to save all those lives, and he will continue to use you. Don't give up on the real you!!!

Apr 6th








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272: Point Blank #4: What if you made yourself a target?

272: Point Blank #4: What if you made yourself a target?