Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: July 29, 1999
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Alleged Shooter: Mark O. Barton
People Killed: 13 (shooter committed suicide)
People Injured: 13
Firearm(s): Glock Model 17 9mm pistol and a Colt 1911A1 .45 pistol
Mark O. Barton, a 44-year-old day trader, killed his wife and two children, then nine people in two brokerage offices. He left a long, rambling letter at his home saying that he hated life, suffered unnamed terrors, and wanted to kill as many as possible of those who "greedily sought my destruction."
Barton legally purchased the Glock 9mm handgun in 1993 in a gun shop (which is now out of business) in Warner Robins, Texas. The Colt .45 was bought in 1983 by a man in Richardson, Texas. Police believe this gun was legally sold to Barton in a private sale because it has never been reported missing or stolen. Police also found a .25 Raven pistol and a .22 Harrington & Richardson revolver in Barton's van.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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