october - 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 October 16, 1991, George Hennard drove his pick-up truck through the window of Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, and opened fire, killing 23 people and wounding 20 others before killing himself. Hennard had a history of mental illness and was described by friends and family as paranoid and troubled. His Ruger P-89 9mm pistol and Glock 9mm pistol were both purchased legally from Mike's Gun Shop in Henderson, Nevada, in February and March of 1991. Although he had a history of mental illness, Hennard was never committed to a mental institution by court order. Federal law prohibits firearm purchases only by people who have been committed to a mental health facility under court order.