Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: April 28, 1995
Location: Albertson's supermarket, Lakewood, Colorado
Alleged Shooter: Albert Petrosky
People Killed: Three
People Injured: One
Firearm(s): Grizzly .50 sniper rifle, SKS 7.62mm assault rifle, .32 pistol, and a 9mm pistol
Albert Petrosky walked into an Albertson's supermarket in suburban Colorado, gunning down his estranged wife and the manager of the store. Earlier in the week, Petrosky's wife had told him that she "cared for someone else." Petrosky then walked out of the store backwards into the parking lot, where he began spraying gunfire. Upon its arrival, a patrol car responding to 911 calls was fired on by Petrosky. The sheriff's deputy driving the car was fatally shot in the chest, face, and abdomen.
Petrosky legally bought the .50 Grizzly rifle from a Northglenn gun dealer for $2,500�no background check was required. Petrosky's .32 pistol had been returned to him after being seized by police following an arrest for drunk driving and illegally carrying a concealed weapon.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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