Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: January 17, 1989
Location: Cleveland Elementary School, Stockton, California
Alleged Shooter: Patrick Edward Purdy
People Killed: Six (shooter committed suicide)
People Injured: 30
Firearm(s): Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle, Taurus 9mm pistol, and another unidentified pistol
Purdy, who had expressed his dislike for Asian immigrants and Asian-Americans, opened fire on an elementary schoolyard full of Asian-American children, firing 106 rounds, killing five and wounding 30 before taking his own life.
All firearms were purchased legally, despite Purdy's criminal record. Because he had not been convicted of any felonies�his one felony charge, a robbery, was plea-bargained to a misdemeanor�Purdy was able to purchase his guns. Purdy bought the AK-47 rifle at the Sandy Trading Post, in Sandy, Oregon, on August 3, 1988. State law in Oregon at the time allowed assault rifles to be sold without any waiting period and with minimal paperwork. The 9mm pistol was bought at Hunter Loan and Jewelry Co., a Stockton, California, pawn shop, on December 28, 1988.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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