Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: December 18, 1997
Location: Caltrans Maintenance Yard, Orange, California
Alleged Shooter: Arturo Reyes Torres
People Killed: Five (shooter killed by police)
People Injured: Two
Firearm(s): Chinese-made 7.62mm AK-47 assault rifle
Torres, an avid hunter and gun collector, had recently been fired from his job at Caltrans for allegedly stealing and selling government-owned materials. He believed he was set up by his supervisor and returned to Caltrans seeking revenge. Torres killed four people�including his former supervisor�and wounded two others, firing 144 rounds from his AK-47 in just over two minutes. Torres was shot and killed by police.
The rifle was purchased legally on April 30, 1988, from B&B Gun Sales in Orange County, California. Torres was a gun enthusiast whose collection included two AK-47s, three 12-gauge shotguns, six handguns, and six rifles. According to police, all his guns were legally owned and kept in a five-foot-tall metal safe.
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