Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: April 28, 2000
Location: Suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alleged Shooter: Richard Baumhammers
People Killed: Five
People Injured: One
Firearm(s): Smith & Wesson .357 revolver
Baumhammers, an immigration lawyer, allegedly went on a shooting spree in the Pittsburgh suburbs, killing five people�a Jewish woman, a black man, and natives of China, Vietnam, and India�and also wounding one who was from India. The shootings took place over a span of less than two hours in an area of 15 miles before Baumhammers was arrested. Baumhammers was charged with five counts of homicide and ethnic intimidation, which is Pennsylvania's term for a hate crime.
The revolver was purchased legally from Ace Sporting Goods in Washington, Pennsylvania. Baumhammers had a history of mental illness, but had never been involuntarily committed.
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