Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: October 1, 1997
Location: Pearl High School, Pearl, Mississippi
Alleged Shooter: Luke Woodham
People Killed: Three
People Injured: Seven
Firearm(s): .30-30 rifle
Woodham killed his mother with a kitchen knife, then drove to school. Wearing a long black coat to conceal the rifle, Woodham entered Pearl High School, then opened fire on his ex-girlfriend. After shooting her, he continued firing in the hallway. After shooting nine people, Woodham exited the building and attempted to leave school grounds but was stopped by the assistant principal, who ran Woodham's car off the road and held him until police arrived. In 1998 Woodham was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Woodham took the rifle from his older brother who owned it legally.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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