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Where'd They Get Their Guns?

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

Date: July 23, 1993

Location: Lumberton, North Carolina

Alleged Shooter: Larry Demery and Daniel Green

People Killed: One

People Injured: None

Firearm(s): Smith & Wesson .38 revolver


Demery and Green killed James Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan, in a botched robbery attempt after Jordan had stopped his car near U.S. Highway 74 to rest. Eventually realizing who their victim's son was, Demery and Green left the body in a South Carolina swamp and abandoned the car near Fayettville, North Carolina. The gun was later found in Green's trailer in North Carolina.

How Firearm(s) Acquired

The handgun was illegal. It had been stolen during a robbery at Lowry's Short Stop near Pembroke, North Carolina, on July 15, 1993. After Demery and Green robbed the convenience store of $300, Green shot the clerk three times and stole his revolver.


  1. "Arguments Begin in Killing of Father of Michael Jordan," The New York Times, 4 January 1996, sec. A, p. 19.
  2. "James Jordan: Shock and Sadness Follow Shooting Death of Michael Jordan's Father," Jet, 30 August 1993, p. 4.
  3. Craig Whitlock, "Testimony Clarifies Treacherous Time Around Jordan's Death," The News and Observer, 29 January 1996, sec. A, p. 1.
  4. Craig Whitlock, "Witness Tells of Riding in Jordan's Car," The News and Observer, 23 January 1996, sec. A, p. 3.
  5. Craig Whitlock, "Doubts Raised Over Gun," The News and Observer, 13 February 1996, sec. A, p. 3.

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The Violence Policy Center is a national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals. The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related death and injury.