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Where'd They Get Their Guns?

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

Date: March 1, 1994

Location: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York

Alleged Shooter: Rashid Baz People Killed: One

People Injured: Three

Firearm(s): Cobray 9mm fully automatic machine pistol and Glock Model 17 9mm pistol


On March 1, 1994, Baz opened fire on a van carrying Hasidic students across the Brooklyn Bridge, killing one and wounding three. He used an illegally converted machine pistol and an illegally purchased semiautomatic pistol.

How Firearm(s) Acquired

Baz illegally purchased both the Glock and the assembled, fully automatic Cobray from street dealers in New York City. The Glock was originally purchased by Albert Jeanniton from a firearms shop in Homestead, Florida. Jeanniton was a gun trafficker who hired youths to bring his guns into New York City by car to be resold to customers in Staten Island, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. The machine pistol was assembled from a kit sold through mail order by Wayne Daniel of Tennessee. The kit was legal because it did not include a finished receiver. The conversion to the receiver making the weapon fully automatic was illegal.


  1. Clifford Krauss, "Gun Used in Bridge Attack Is Tracked," The New York Times, 12 March 1994, sec. 1, p. 25.
  2. Bob Liff, "The Gun-Kit Defense Hits its Bullseye; Court Victory in the Mail," Daily News, 30 March 1998, sec. Suburban, p. 3.
  3. Tom Hays, "Van Carrying Hasidic Jews Fired Upon; Four Wounded," Associated Press, 1 March 1994.
  4. Marilyn Henry, "New York Yeshiva Student Drive-By Slaying Re-Opened," Jerusalem Post, 29 August 1999, 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.