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Where'd They Get Their Guns?

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

Date: December 6, 1999

Location: Fort Gibson Middle School, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma

Alleged Shooter: Seth Trickey

People Killed: None

People Injured: Four

Firearm(s): Taurus 9mm pistol


Seth Trickey, a 13-year-old student at the Fort Gibson Middle School, allegedly opened fire on a group of students waiting outside for the morning bell, emptying the pistol's 15-round clip, wounding four. The motive remains a mystery�Trickey was a popular, friendly, and intelligent young man, according to friends and classmates.

How Firearm(s) Acquired

The firearm belonged to Trickey's father who bought it legally at a Wal-Mart in 1993.


  1. Mark A. Hutchison and Don Diehl, "Father's Gun Used in School Shooting; 15 Rounds Shot Before Weapon Surrendered," The Daily Oklahoman, 8 December 1999.
  2. Renee Ruble, "Four Wounded in Oklahoma School Shooting," Associated Press, 6 December 1999.
  3. Tim Talley, "Prosecutors Face Choices in School Shooting Case," Associated Press, 7 December 1999.


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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.