Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: February 28, 1997
Location: North Hollywood, California
Alleged Shooters: Emil Dechebal Matasareanu and Larry Eugene Phillips, Jr.
People Killed: Two (shooters killed by police)
People Injured: 16
Firearm(s): Multiple fully automatic assault rifles including an AK-47 type
On February 28, 1997, Matasareanu and Phillips tried to rob a Bank of America branch office in North Hollywood, California. While trying to escape, the two men engaged in a shootout with police. Though vastly outnumbered, the two men�armed with automatic weapons and wearing body armor�successfully held off law enforcement personnel for hours before being shot and killed by police.
The weapons were originally bought at a gun show and then illegally resold to Matasareanu and Phillips.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.