Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: September 15, 1999
Location: Wedgewood Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
Alleged Shooter: Larry Gene Ashbrook
People Killed: Eight (shooter committed suicide)
People Injured: Seven
Firearm(s): Ruger P85 9mm pistol and a .380 pistol
Ashbrook, who had a history of paranoia and mental instability, shot three people in the Wedgewood Baptist Church lobby before entering the sanctuary where more than 150 people were waiting for a concert to begin. He shot 11 more in the sanctuary before shooting himself, killing eight in all. He also threw a pipe bomb, with no injuries.
Both weapons were acquired legally at a flea market from federally licensed firearms dealers in 1992.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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