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Where'd They Get Their Guns?

An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001

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Introduction


Selected High-Profile Shootings in the United States, 1963-2001 (click on the link for more details about each shooting)

Information for the chart has been gathered from a wide variety of publicly available news sources, which are often unclear and contradictory. Although every effort has been made to obtain the most accurate information possible, contradictions may exist between this chart and other sources. The determination as to whether a gun was obtained legally or illegally was made based on the law in effect at the time the firearm was acquired.

Description Casualties Firearm(s) Status of Firearm(s)
Santee High School
Santana, California
March 5, 2001
2 dead
13 wounded
.22 Arminius eight-shot revolver Legal
The White House
Washington, DC
February 7, 2001
1 wounded
.38 revolver Legal
Navistar International Corporation
Melrose Park, Illinois
February 5, 2001
5 dead
4 wounded
SKS 1954R rifle
Remington 12-gauge shotgun
Winchester .30 rifle
.38 revolver
Legal
Edgewater Technology office
Wakefield, Massachusetts
December 26, 2000
7 dead
AK-47 assault rifle
12-gauge pump-action shotgun
.32 pistol
Legal
Backstreet Café
Roanoke, Virginia
September 22, 2000
1 dead
6 wounded
Ruger 9mm pistol Legal
Santos Linguisa sausage factory
San Leandro, California
June 21, 2000
3 dead
Beretta 9mm pistol
Walther .380 pistol
Legal
Lake Worth Middle School
Lake Worth, Florida
May 26, 2000
1 dead
Raven .25 pistol Legal
Wendy's Restaurant
Queens, New York
May 24, 2000
5 dead
2 wounded
Bryco .380 pistol Illegal
Pittsburgh Suburbs
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
April 28, 2000
5 dead
1 wounded
Smith & Wesson .357 revolver Legal
National Zoo
Washington, DC
April 24, 2000
7 wounded
9mm pistol Illegal
Mi-T-Fine Car Wash
Irving, Texas
March 20, 2000
5 dead
1 wounded
9mm pistol Illegal
Theo J. Buell Elementary School
Mt. Morris Township, Michigan
February 29, 2000
1 dead
Davis Industries .32 pistol Illegal
Radisson Bay Harbor Inn
Tampa, Florida
December 30, 1999
5 dead
3 wounded
Lorcin 9mm pistol
Charter Arms .38 revolver
Legal

Fort Gibson Middle School
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
December 6, 1999

4 wounded
Taurus 9mm pistol Legal
Northlake Shipyard
Seattle, Washington
November 3, 1999
2 dead
2 wounded
Glock 9mm pistol
.32 pistol
.22 rifle
Illegal
Xerox Office Building
Honolulu, Hawaii
November 2, 1999
7 dead
Glock Model 17 9mm pistol Legal
Wedgewood Baptist Church
Fort Worth, Texas
September 15, 1999
8 dead
7 wounded
Ruger P85 9mm pistol
.380 pistol
Legal
Laurel, Maryland
September 9, 1999
2 dead
Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol Illegal
North Valley Jewish Community Center
Los Angeles, California
August 10, 1999
1 dead
5 wounded
Fully automatic Uzi machine gun
Glock Model 26 9mm pistol
Illegal
Atlanta brokerage offices
Atlanta, Georgia
July 29, 1999
13 dead
13 wounded
Glock Model 17 9mm pistol
Colt 1911A1 .45 pistol
Legal
Illinois and Indiana
July 4th weekend, 1999
3 dead
9 wounded
Bryco .380 pistol
Ruger .22 pistol
Illegal
Heritage High School
Conyers, Georgia
May 20, 1999
6 wounded
.22 rifle
.357 Magnum revolver
Legal
Columbine High School
Littleton, Colorado
April 20, 1999
15 dead
23 wounded
Intratec TEC-DC9 assault pistol
Hi-Point 9mm Carbine
Savage 67H pump-action shotgun
Savage 311-D 12-gauge shotgun
Illegal
LDS Church Family History Library
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 15, 1999
3 dead
4 wounded
Ruger .22 pistol Legal
Triad Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 13, 1999
1 dead
1 wounded
9mm pistol Legal
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, DC
July 24, 1998
2 dead
2 wounded
Smith & Wesson .38 revolver Legal
Los Angeles, California
May 28, 1998
2 dead
Two .38 revolvers Legal
Thurston High School Springfield, Oregon
May 21, 1998
4 dead
25 wounded
Glock 9mm pistol
Ruger .22 rifle
Ruger .22 pistol
Legal
Westside Middle School
Jonesboro, Arkansas
March 24, 1998
5 dead
10 wounded
Remington Model 742 .30-06 rifle
Universal .30 M1 Carbine replica
Davis Industries .38 two-shot derringer
Double Deuce Buddie .22 two-shot derringer
Charter Arms .38 revolver
Star .380 pistol
FIE .380 pistol
Ruger Security Six .357 revolver
Smith & Wesson .38 revolver
Legal
Connecticut State Lottery Headquarters
Newington, Connecticut
March 6, 1998
5 dead
9mm pistol Legal
Caltrans Maintenance Yard
Orange, California
December 18, 1997
5 dead
2 wounded
Chinese-made 7.62mm AK-47 assault rifle Legal
Heath High School
West Paducah, Kentucky
December 1, 1997
3 dead
5 wounded
Ruger .22 pistol Illegal
Pearl High School
Pearl, Mississippi
October 1, 1997
3 dead
7 wounded
.30-30 rifle Legal
R.E. Phelon Company
Aiken, South Carolina
September 15, 1997
4 dead
3 wounded
9mm pistol Illegal
Four states (MN, IL, FL, NY)
April 27 - July 15, 1997
6 dead
Taurus .40 pistol Illegal
North Hollywood, California
February 28, 1997
2 dead
16 injured
Multiple fully automatic assault rifles including an AK-47 type Illegal
Empire State Building
New York, New York
February 23, 1997
2 dead
6 wounded
Beretta .380 pistol Illegal
Albertson's Supermarket
Lakewood, Colorado
April 28, 1995
3 dead
1 wounded
Grizzly .50 sniper rifle
SKS 7.62mm assault rifle
9mm pistol
.32 pistol
Legal
Walter Rossler Company
Corpus Christi, Texas
April 3, 1995
6 dead
Ruger 9mm pistol
.32 revolver
Legal
Corpus Christi, Texas
March 31, 1995
1 dead
Taurus .38 revolver Legal
DC Police Headquarters
Washington, DC
November 22, 1994
4 dead
1 wounded
Cobray M-11 assault pistol Illegal
White House
Washington, DC
October 29, 1994
none
Norinco SKS 7.62mm assault rifle Illegal
Seattle, Washington
April 5, 1994
1 dead
Remington Model 11 20-gauge shotgun Legal
Brooklyn Bridge
New York, New York
March 1, 1994
1 dead
3 wounded
Cobray 9mm fully automatic machine pistol
Glock Model 17 9mm pistol
Illegal
Long Island Railroad
Long Island, New York
December 7, 1993
6 dead
19 wounded
Ruger P-89 9mm pistol Legal
Lumberton, North Carolina
July 23, 1993
1 dead
Smith & Wesson .38 revolver Illegal
Pettit & Martin Law Offices
San Francisco, California
July 1, 1993
9 dead
6 wounded
Two Intratec TEC-DC9 assault pistols
Colt .45 pistol
Illegal
CIA Headquarters
Langley, Virginia
January 25, 1993
2 dead
3 wounded
Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle Legal
Royal Oak Post Office
Royal Oak, Michigan
November 14, 1991
5 dead
5 wounded
Ruger .22 rifle Illegal
Luby's Cafeteria
Killeen, Texas
October 16, 1991
24 dead
20 wounded
Ruger P-89 9mm pistol
Glock 9mm pistol
Legal
GMAC Office
Jacksonville, Florida
June 18, 1990
10 dead
4 wounded
Universal .30 M1 rifle
.38 revolver
Legal
Standard Gravure Corporation
Louisville, Kentucky
September 14, 1989
9 dead
12 wounded
Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle
Two MAC-11 assault pistols
.38 revolver
Sig Sauer 9mm pistol
Legal
Cleveland Elementary School
Stockton, California
January 17, 1989
6 dead
30 wounded
Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifle
Taurus 9mm pistol
Unidentified pistol
Legal
Hubbard Woods Elementary School
Winnetka, Illinois
May 20, 1988
2 dead
6 wounded
Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum revolver
Smith & Wesson .32 revolver
Beretta .22 pistol
Legal
Edmond Post Office
Edmond, Oklahoma
August 20, 1986
15 dead
6 wounded
Two .45 pistols
.22 pistol
Legal
Springfield Mall
Springfield, Pennsylvania
October 30, 1985
3 dead
7 wounded
.22 rifle Illegal
McDonald's Restaurant
San Ysidro, California
July 18, 1984
22 dead
19 wounded
Browning P-35 Hi-Power 9mm pistol
Winchester 1200 pump-action 12-gauge shotgun
Israeli Military Industries 9mm Model A Carbine (Uzi)
Legal
Washington Hilton Hotel Washington, DC
March 30, 1981
4 wounded
RG Industries RG-14 .22 revolver Legal
New York, New York
December 8, 1980
1 dead
Charter Arms .38 revolver Legal
New York, New York
Summer 1976 - Summer 1977
6 dead
7 wounded
Charter Arms Bulldog .44 revolver Illegal
Senator Hotel
Sacramento, California
September 5, 1975
none
Colt .45 pistol Legal
Lorraine Motel
Memphis, Tennessee
April 4, 1968
1 dead
Remington Gamemaster Model 760 30.06 rifle Legal
University of Texas Tower
Austin, Texas
August 1, 1966
17 dead
31 wounded
Remington .35 pump rifle
Remington 6mm bolt-action rifle
.30 M-1 Carbine
.25 pistol
Luger 9mm pistol
Smith & Wesson .357 magnum pistol
Sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun
Legal
Jackson, Mississippi
June 12, 1963
1 dead
Enfield 1917 30.06 rifle Legal
Dallas, Texas
November 22, 1963
2 dead
1 wounded
Mannlicher-Carcano 6.5mm rifle
.38 revolver
Legal
 


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