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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 31, 1995

Location: Corpus Christi, Texas

Alleged Shooter: Yolanda Saldivar

People Killed: One

People Injured: None

Firearm(s): Taurus .38 revolver


Saldivar, founder of the Selena Fan Club and personal assistant to the 23-year-old Grammy winner, had been fired the day before the shooting. Apparently, Selena went to confront Saldivar about financial irregularities in the singer's two specialty boutique shops, which Saldivar helped manage. A witness said there was an argument, and Saldivar shot and killed Selena. She then held off police for almost 10 hours before surrendering.

How Firearm(s) Acquired

The gun was purchased legally at a San Antonio gun shop.


  1. James E. Garcia, "Gun Expert Casts Doubt on Saldivar's Defense," The Austin American- Statesman, 20 October 1995, sec. B, p. 3.
  2. Armando Villafranca and Thaddeus Herrick, "Fans Make Selena Pilgrimage; Pistol Reportedly Bought Recently in San Antonio," The Houston Chronicle, 3 April 1995, sec. A, p. 1.

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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.