november - 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 November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, tried to shoot their way into the Blair House to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. Truman was not harmed, but Torresola and a guard were shot and killed. 

  • On November 2, 1999, Byran Uyesugi entered a Xerox office building in Honolulu, Hawaii, and shot and killed seven coworkers. Uyesugi was a gun enthusiast and police found a collection of 11 handguns, five rifles, and two shotguns at his house, in addition to the Glock Model 17 9mm pistol used in the shooting. Uyesugi was sentenced to a minimum of 235 years in prison. The gun used in the attack was legally purchased in 1989 and was registered in Hawaii. Uyesugi was subsequently denied a permit for another handgun after a 1993 incident in which he destroyed an elevator door and was arrested for criminal property damage. 

  • On November 3, 1999, Kevin Cruz, wearing camouflage and sunglasses, allegedly walked into a boat repair company in Seattle's Northlake Shipyard and shot four employees with a Glock 9mm pistol, killing two of them. Following a two-month manhunt, police captured Cruz after receiving a tip from David Anderson, whom Cruz had stayed with earlier that year. Cruz stole the Glock, as well as a .32 pistol and a .22 rifle from Anderson, who owned them legally. Anderson had reported the theft to police, but the investigation stalled due to a computer glitch.

  • On November 22, 1994, Bennie Lee Lawson walked into Metropolitan Police Headquarters in Washington, DC, and killed two FBI agents and a DC police sergeant and wounded another FBI agent in the homicide "cold case" squad office before killing himself. Lawsom illegally bought the Cobray M-11 assault pistol from Rodney Finklea, who was later convicted of gun trafficking conspiracy and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. 

  • On November 24, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy, was shot and killed by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Ruby sprang from a crowd of reporters as Oswald was being transferred from one jail to another and shot him in the left side with a revolver. 

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  • On November 27, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk, an openly gay member of the Board of Supervisors, were shot and killed in City Hall offices. 

  • On November 27, 1979, 16-year-old Joseph Nicks shot and killed Orlando Gonzales-Angel during a robbery in northwest Washington, DC. The .22 semiautomatic pistol used in the crime was stolen from a display case at the National Rifle Association's DC headquarters on November 23.