Skip to comments.Shooting at Gun Shop in California 10-15 Years ago. Memory aid requested
Posted on 07/26/2012 3:48:03 PM PDT by marktwain
10-15 years ago there was an attempted mass shooting at a California gun range/shop.
I have not been able to find the details of this shooting on the net. It happened at a gun shop with a rental range in a California town. It was not in one of the major cities, but it could have been a suburb.
The perpetrator came into the shop and rented a semi-auto. I think it was a pistol caliber carbine. He came back into the shop and fired a round or two into the ceiling and declared that he was going to kill everyone. As is common in these situations, he gave an opportunity to an employee who drew his .45 and shot him a couple of times.
The police were called, and demanded that the prostate perpetrator show them his hands. He did not do so, so they shot him with a bean bag round.
The police found a list of the people he intended to kill in his car.
I would appreciate any help in tracking down the details of this shooting. I am away from my files or I might find a paper copy.
I don’t think it had a range. I think it was on Redondo Beach Boulevard, probably in RB. They closed afterward, small family business.
The one that I am trying to remember clearly rented a firearm to the perpetrator. It was stated that he returned from the range with the firearm.
There was a case a few years back where a mother killed her adult son and then herself at a shooting range.
Shot twice with a .45 and dint go down? Seriously? Was this guy high on pcp????!!!!
And then there were a few cases at the rental range in Burbank (it's a chain, do know the name but not posting out of discretion's sake) where people went in, rented a pistol and then committed suicide.
Is it possible you're blending the two capers together? I have to admit the longer I've been on this mudball, the more prone to that sort of thing I can be myself...
Cached at archive.org:
Shooting Range Shootout Ends Drama Updated 11:05 AM ET July 7, 1999 SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Reuters) - A shootout at a California shooting range ended a bizarre hostage drama during which three gun store employees found themselves staring down the barrel of one of their own rented rifles, police said Tuesday. Sgt. Anton Morec of the Santa Clara Police Department said the aspiring gunman, 21-year-old Richard Gable Stevens, was subdued after tense moments Monday evening at a shooting range and gun store in this town 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco. "He intended to go out in a blaze of glory," Morec said, noting Stevens had accumulated more than 100 rounds of ammunition for his rented 9mm semi-automatic weapon. "It certainly looks like he intended to take a lot more people out." Morec said Stevens arrived at the National Shooting Club Monday evening and rented the rifle for target practice. The club allows people to rent a range of weapons for use on its own shooting range. After several minutes on the range, however, Stevens returned to the club's gun store and shot at the ceiling. He then herded three store employees out the door into an alley, saying he intended to kill them, Morec said. Unknown to Stevens, one store employee was carrying a .45 caliber handgun concealed beneath his shirt. When Stevens looked away, the employee fired, hitting Stevens several times in the chest and bringing him to the ground. The employee kept his gun trained on Stevens until police arrived, Morec said. When Stevens refused to comply with police demands that he show his hands, he was shot again with several rounds of rubber bullets. Morec said Stevens was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition from the initial gun wounds. Criminal charges against him were pending. Police investigating the case believed the quick action by the gun club employee may have headed off a massacre. "He was full of rage, and felt he was getting no respect," Morec said. A suicide note found in Stevens' vehicle and addressed to his parents indicated he may have planned to go on a much broader shooting spree, Morec said. "Now you'll spend the rest of your lives fighting lawsuits from my victims' relatives and die with only dimes perhaps," Morec quoted the note as saying.
OK. Any idea what area of CA? If you knew even the county you might try the AG’s office. They may expect you to be a member of the press, but maybe if you were writing a book?
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