june - handgun history

 

Each month, this section features prominent incidents of violence in the history of America involving handguns and shooters, ranging from school-aged children to disgruntled employees to lone-wolf assassins, acting out of a wide range of motives. Each month's incidents will include details such as: the identity of the shooter; the number of people killed and wounded; the make, model, and caliber of the handgun(s) used in the shooting; the circumstances of the shooting; and, how the handgun was acquired.

  • On June 21, 2000, Stuart Alexander shot and killed three federal meat inspectors who had entered his sausage factory in San Leandro, California, for a surprise inspection. A fourth inspector waiting outside the building escaped. Alexander had developed a grudge against federal meat inspectors when his factory was shut down in January 2000 for sanitation problems. On June 19, 2000, inspectors had returned to serve Alexander warnings of new violations. Alexander's Beretta 9mm pistol and Walther .380 pistol appear to have been legally possessed as they were recorded as being purchased by him. Alexander had no criminal record or involuntary mental health hospitalization that would have precluded him from buying guns. Alexander had been previously charged with beating a 75-year-old neighbor, but the charges were dismissed after Alexander paid the man $10,000.