Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: April 15, 1999
Location: LDS Church Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Alleged Shooter: Sergei Babarin
People Killed: Three (shooter killed by police)
People Injured: Four
Firearm(s): Ruger .22 pistol
Babarin entered the LDS Church Family History Library and allegedly shot six people, killing two of them. Though there was no apparent motive, Babarin had a history of depression and dementia.
The gun was legally purchased at a gun store. Babarin was on probation for misdemeanor weapons charges, but that crime is not a prohibited category under federal law. Babarin had a history of mental instability, including paranoid schizophrenia, but had never been involuntarily committed by a court, so his purchase was legal.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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