Where'd They Get Their Guns?
An Analysis of the Firearms Used in High-Profile Shootings, 1963 to 2001
Date: February 5, 2001
Location: Navistar International Corporation, Melrose Park, Illinois
Alleged Shooter: William D. Baker
People Killed: Five (shooter committed suicide)
People Injured: Four
Firearm(s): SKS 1954R rifle, Remington 12-gauge shotgun, Winchester .30 rifle, and a .38 revolver
The day before he was scheduled to begin a five-month prison term for his role in stealing truck engines worth more than $195,000, Baker, a former Navistar employee, forced his way at gunpoint into the Navistar plant and opened fire on his former co-workers. Police believe he did not target specific individuals as he fired 25 to 30 rounds with the revolver and SKS, killing four and wounding four others, before taking his own life with the revolver.
The Remington shotgun and Winchester rifle were purchased legally in 1993 from Pepper Sports, a gun dealer in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Baker was issued an Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification Card (FOID) on February 19, 1993, and purchased the rifle and shotgun that December. It is unclear how the other two firearms were acquired. Baker's FOID card was renewed on May 8, 1998, two weeks before he was convicted of criminal sexual assault, a felony.
All contents � 2001 Violence Policy Center
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