Monday, November 21, 2005

Lo and Behold ...

... I got an answer from the Tacoma PD in response to my question about the weapon used by the Tacoma mall shooter. How about that! Here's the scoop:
Similar to (but not) an SKS-definitely not a .22.
Interesting. Now I just need to find out what sort of magazine capacity the thing had and how many mags the shooter had.

I guess now the thing is that the bad guy used good old spray 'n' pray. Effective technique, it seems. Right up there with gangsta style sideways pistol handling. I think they should teach these techniques to bad guys everywhere. Didn't the guy in Wisconsin shoot about the same number of rounds from a similar weapon and kill several people? He was military trained, if memory serves. In our case, the punk kid was evidently spray-firing from the hip -- with the corresponding results.

I'm actually kinda surprised that nobody with a CCW was there. I wonder if there's an angle for blood-sucking lawyers to sue on behalf of one of the victims, since the mall does post "no concealed weapons" signs. Although in Washington State you can pretty much ignore these signs. In such an establishment they can ask you to leave if you blow your cover, but otherwise, legally, you're fine carrying there.

3 Comments:

Blogger STAG said...

20 years in the Military, 8 as an RSO. It takes a LOT of training to shoot a weapon with any effectivity. If any of the folks in your "spray and pray" pics were in that shopping mall, there would have been a LOT more casualties. I seem to remember a restaurant in Texas.....20 shots, 14 killed, a bunch wounded wasn't it?
Now what makes a person do something like this? WTFnose...but hopefully when they DO go off their stick, they stick to the spray and pray method!


(just a drive by blogger....grin!)

11/21/2005 9:23 PM  
Blogger Kirk Parker said...

Similar to (but not) an SKS-definitely not a .22.

Interesting, but it actually raises more questions than it answers. How long before they release the actual manufacturer, model, and caliber?

11/21/2005 9:32 PM  
Blogger carnaby said...

I'll ask...

11/21/2005 11:14 PM  

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