Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: December 1, 1997
Location: Heath High School, West Paducah, Kentucky
Alleged Shooter: Michael Carneal
People Killed: Three
People Injured: Five
Firearm(s): Ruger .22 pistol
Carneal opened fire on students holding a morning prayer circle at his high school. In addition to the pistol, Carneal had two rifles and two shotguns, which he did not use. After the shooting, Carneal dropped his weapons and surrendered. His motive unknown, Carneal pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder and attempted murder charges and is serving a life sentence.
The weapons were taken by Carneal from a neighbor's garage. The neighbor owned them legally.
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