Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: May 21, 1998
Location: Thurston High School, Springfield, Oregon
Alleged Shooter: Kip Kinkel
People Killed: Four
People Injured: 25
Firearm(s): Glock 9mm pistol, Ruger .22 rifle, and a Ruger .22 pistol
Kinkel allegedly killed his parents, then drove to his high school in their SUV. He then entered the crowded cafeteria and allegedly opened fire, killing two and wounding 25 others. Kinkel had been suspended from school on May 20th after a loaded .32 pistol was found in his locker. Police found five bombs and 15 inactive explosives at his house. Kinkel, who was known to be fascinated by bombs and guns, also had an "anger management" problem and had been treated by a psychologist.
The firearms were legal. The Glock and the .22 rifle were purchased for Kinkel by his father. Police believe Kinkel took the .22 pistol from his father.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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