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Three dead, three wounded in sword attack at Irvine grocery store (No Gun No Story)
ASSOCIATED PRESS | June 30,2003 | Gail Schiller

Posted on 06/30/2003 10:33:38 AM PDT by Travis McGee

Three dead, three wounded in sword attack at Irvine grocery store

By Gail Schiller ASSOCIATED PRESS 3:17 a.m., June 30, 2003

Associated Press A woman, identified as a relative of one of the victims, weeps outside the police command center set up in the parking lot of an Albertsons supermarket in Irvine where two people were killed by a man wielding a samurai-style sword.

IRVINE – A sword-wielding man slashed and killed two co-workers and wounded three other people at the Albertsons supermarket where he used to bag groceries before police shot and mortally wounded him.

About 40 to 50 shoppers ran from the store shortly after 9:30 a.m. Sunday as police went in to subdue Joseph Hunter Parker, who was armed with a samurai-style sword and wearing a beret and trenchcoat, said police Cmdr. Jeff Noble. The 30-year-old confronted an officer on aisle 11 before fellow officers shot him, said Lt. Jeff Love.

The wounded were taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. One of the wounded was an Albertsons employee and two others were customers, police said. Parker also was taken to the hospital but did not survive.

His mother said Parker, of Santa Ana, collected swords and was a fan of the "Highlander" film and television series in which the hero is a swordsman. Parker's former co-workers said he quit his job bagging groceries about two weeks ago after working at Albertsons for about two years.

Some described him as disturbed but non-threatening.

"I never felt threatened, but he was just a really odd man," said Mark Ming, 26. "He would have full conversations with himself. He obviously had problems, but he was respectful toward customers."

Michael Huggard, 17, remembered Parker as jovial.

"He seemed like a really nice guy," Huggard said. "He was just joking around a lot and smiling at everybody."

But 24-year-old Carl Wieduwilt had a grim premonition.

"I joke around on days I come in here and say he's going to shoot people up," he said. "I had this weird feeling inside that this was going to happen and look. It's amazing." He added that Parker sometimes was homeless.

The grocery chain said it would assist victims' families and provide counseling to employees.

"The entire Albertsons family shares in the sorrow generated from this unfortunate incident," the company said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those victims who lost their lives and also with the surviving victims and their families."

Stunned workers from other Albertsons gathered in the parking lot after hearing about the attack.

Lt. Love called the attacks an aberration in the quiet city 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles, which he said averages less than one murder a year. About 143,000 people live here.

Parker was raised in rural Ford, Va., and had been diagnosed as schizophrenic, his mother, Susan Davis, said in an interview Sunday. He also was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.

"He was not in a good state at all," Davis said, adding she had not spoken to Parker in about a year.

"He said voices were telling him to do bad things."

Davis said her son moved to California about five years ago in hopes of making a new life.

"He wasn't happy about his job," she said. "He wasn't happy with his friends."

Davis said Parker only took one sword with him to California and left the remainder with her.

"I'm just sorry about what happened," Davis said, adding her heart ached for the victims.

Parker's sister, Heather Parker, 28, of Anaheim, said she hasn't spoken to her brother in several months.

"I'm sorry," she said in a telephone interview. "He was alone and he was very mistreated his whole life. He was being treated for schizophrenia. He's never been in trouble. He didn't drink, didn't use drugs. He was kind."


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Did anyone hear of this? If he had gone into Albertsons with a pistol and done this, would it have been national news? Just a question.
1 posted on 06/30/2003 10:33:38 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: *bang_list; Joe Brower
Bang!
2 posted on 06/30/2003 10:34:36 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
"Did anyone hear of this? If he had gone into Albertsons with a pistol and done this, would it have been national news? Just a question."

Well, it was certainly all over the L.A. news this morning. Since it just happened, I'm not surprised that it hasn't gone national. It will, though.
3 posted on 06/30/2003 10:35:08 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Travis McGee
I'm Duncan McCloud of the clan McCloud. There can be only one!
4 posted on 06/30/2003 10:35:32 AM PDT by montomike
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To: Travis McGee
Looking at Google News, with a search for "sword," I see that it has made the news nationally now, with even stations in Iowa running the story.

It does take a few minutes for such stories to make national news, I guess.
5 posted on 06/30/2003 10:36:46 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Travis McGee
Maybe we need a national registration of all swords, and a 3 day "cooling-off" period? < /sarcasm off>
6 posted on 06/30/2003 10:37:48 AM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Travis McGee
Oh dear... The extra long handle on the sword is what led to the enhanced killing ability. Assault swords should be banned.
7 posted on 06/30/2003 10:38:25 AM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Travis McGee
I had not heard of it but I know of something similar involving people I know. Only one person was killed and the killer also was a schizophrenic.

I am not being sarcastic when I say we probably can expect some outcry for sword control. It isn't just guns they don't like, it is all types of weapons, although guns being most effective are the ones they hate most.

8 posted on 06/30/2003 10:38:51 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Travis McGee
Drudge likes this kind of stuff.
9 posted on 06/30/2003 10:39:30 AM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Travis McGee
Is there a pic of the perp available?
10 posted on 06/30/2003 10:40:00 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Travis McGee
I notice he left this store alone.


11 posted on 06/30/2003 10:41:05 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Travis McGee
Clean-up in aisle 11!
12 posted on 06/30/2003 10:41:56 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: yarddog
I am not being sarcastic when I say we probably can expect some outcry for sword control.

I doubt that. The anti-gun crowd is not against weapons, just guns.

13 posted on 06/30/2003 10:45:05 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: wirestripper
I have read your posts before.

You are clearly one who sails under false colors. I do suspect you would be familiar with what the gun control crowd is for and against tho.

14 posted on 06/30/2003 10:46:50 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog
Yea man! I am certainly falsly colored. I should have been green.
15 posted on 06/30/2003 10:48:14 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: Aaron0617
"I never felt threatened, but he was just a really odd man," said Mark Ming, 26. "He would have full conversations with himself. He obviously had problems...

Shame nothing could be done about him by either the employers or his family. For the sake of those 2 people killed.

So, we're supposed to wait around for men like him to flip out? Nothing anyone can do?

16 posted on 06/30/2003 10:48:46 AM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: wirestripper
Actually I had you pictured as pink.
17 posted on 06/30/2003 10:49:04 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: AAABEST; wku man; SLB; Travis McGee; Squantos; harpseal; Shooter 2.5; The Old Hoosier; xrp; ...

Sorry, I just couldn't resist...
18 posted on 06/30/2003 10:49:18 AM PDT by Joe Brower ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." -- Sallust)
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To: yarddog
Look bud. If your cannot accept a moderate opinion of gun control (because I believe that the para military crowd brought us to where we are)Then fine, but don;t try to insult me.
19 posted on 06/30/2003 10:53:03 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: wirestripper
I doubt it would be possible to insult you.
20 posted on 06/30/2003 10:54:10 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Travis McGee
The sword must not have had a bayonet lug or a pistol grip, thats why you didn't hear about it ...
21 posted on 06/30/2003 10:54:40 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tagline. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: yarddog
probably not.
22 posted on 06/30/2003 10:54:52 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: Travis McGee

23 posted on 06/30/2003 10:55:13 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: Travis McGee
My wife heard he wouldn't take his medicine, which for various mental conditions can (and obviously does) have some drastic consequences.
24 posted on 06/30/2003 10:57:28 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: Travis McGee
Don't Worry, Barbara Boxer is already writing legislation to outlaw swords now and the NSA, National Sword Association is ready to fight against it. Humor or not?
25 posted on 06/30/2003 10:58:30 AM PDT by samuel_adams_us
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To: Travis McGee
We all know how this should be dealt with....

26 posted on 06/30/2003 11:00:10 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (I am not a prime demographic, I am a MAN!)
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To: Travis McGee
Samauri sword?

Too bad he didn't save his violence for the Zeds of the world.

27 posted on 06/30/2003 11:01:47 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Joe Brower
We have to be concerned with the handle on this sword.
Did it have a hole through it?
If so, can it be classified as an "assault sword"?

Can it be swung repeatedly?
Can it be classed as a "semi-automatic sword"?

We don't know who owns these swords!
Why does anyone NEED these swords?
Clearly, some legislation is going to be necessary to protect everyone from these sword nuts!
Call Swinestein!!!

28 posted on 06/30/2003 11:02:08 AM PDT by TexasCowboy (COB1)
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To: Travis McGee
Does anyone have a link to this story?
29 posted on 06/30/2003 11:02:13 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: wirestripper
Look bud. If your cannot accept a moderate opinion of gun control (because I believe that the para military crowd brought us to where we are)

Actually, a moderate opinion of gun control brought us where we are today.

30 posted on 06/30/2003 11:02:46 AM PDT by gtech (Don't sell me out and expect my vote.)
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To: Travis McGee
A sword-wielding man slashed and killed two co-workers and wounded three other people at the Albertsons supermarket where he used to bag groceries before police shot and mortally wounded him.

Perhaps he was upset with poor editting.

31 posted on 06/30/2003 11:02:52 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Travis McGee
His mother said Parker, of Santa Ana, collected swords and was a fan of the "Highlander" film and television series in which the hero is a swordsman.

There can be only one!


32 posted on 06/30/2003 11:03:48 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est.)
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To: gtech
Actually it is fear of crime and the deaths of many innocent people that is ignored by the gun lobby in favor of total opposition to any possible compromise that causes over reaching stupid laws.
33 posted on 06/30/2003 11:06:51 AM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: MineralMan
It "didn't just happen," it happened 9:30 AM Sunday, 24 hours ago.
34 posted on 06/30/2003 11:07:32 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Hodar
better not suggest it. In countries like Japan is it illegal to own a sword (without serious paper work).
35 posted on 06/30/2003 11:07:54 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Joe Brower

36 posted on 06/30/2003 11:08:41 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard
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To: wirestripper
I think you will really enjoy the first 20 chapters of my novel, posted free here.


37 posted on 06/30/2003 11:10:34 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
No gun, no interest. How do you promote gun control when they refuse to use guns?

BTW, the Romans and the Chinese often imposed "sword control" on conquered nations.
38 posted on 06/30/2003 11:13:04 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: harpseal; Squantos; wardaddy; Jeff Head; PatrioticAmerican; Eaker; Mulder; Noumenon; archy; ...
No Gun = No Story.
39 posted on 06/30/2003 11:13:38 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Travis McGee
"It "didn't just happen," it happened 9:30 AM Sunday, 24 hours ago.
"

Whatever. It's all over the national news now, negating your false premise that it would not be covered because there was no gun involved.

Myself, I'm more concerned with the families of the two who were killed than with the speed the story went nationwide.

Such stories will always make national news, even more because the killings were done with a sword. The more bizarre, the more newsworthy.

As for it happening on Sunday, you're correct. Most news organizations are on limited staffing on Sundays, so Sunday AM stories often don't appear until Monday.

No doubt, though, there are plenty of stories involving guns out there from the weekend. I haven't searched for "Shooting" yet today.
40 posted on 06/30/2003 11:15:17 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
He asked them, "When I sent you on mission without purse or traveling bag or sandals, were you in need of anything?"

"Not a thing they replied."

He said to them, "Now however, the man who has a purse must carry it, the same with a traveling bag. And the man without a sword must sell his coat and buy one."

Luke 22:35

41 posted on 06/30/2003 11:18:21 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: MineralMan
"Whatever."

Yeah, whatever. 24 hours, 24 minutes, no big deal to an ignoramus.

42 posted on 06/30/2003 11:19:42 AM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: truth_seeker
This sounds like a prior episode of Law & Order.
43 posted on 06/30/2003 11:21:52 AM PDT by pepperhead
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To: Mr. Mojo
Last I heard, Zed was dead.
44 posted on 06/30/2003 11:21:55 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Travis McGee; TEXASPROUD; Cap'n Crunch
21 foot rule applied in fine fashion.......Stay Safe !
45 posted on 06/30/2003 11:22:50 AM PDT by Squantos (Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.)
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To: Travis McGee
Let the record show that I was FReeping during the incident.
46 posted on 06/30/2003 11:23:13 AM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: Travis McGee
I'm sorry, but I thought advertising was prohibited here on FR. Shoot, if you can advertise your own products and website here, I'd like to do that, too.

47 posted on 06/30/2003 11:23:30 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: ArrogantBustard


48 posted on 06/30/2003 11:25:02 AM PDT by Joe Brower ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." -- Sallust)
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To: Travis McGee
"Yeah, whatever. 24 hours, 24 minutes, no big deal to an ignoramus."

Yes, well, when you posted the story, it was already on the AP wires, right? So, it was already nationally distributed. But thanks for the gratuitous insult. May I have another?
49 posted on 06/30/2003 11:25:23 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Xenalyte
Let the record show that I was FReeping during the incident.

Since there were only 2 done in, we knew it couldn't be you.

50 posted on 06/30/2003 11:27:27 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (I am not a prime demographic, I am a MAN!)
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