I keep waiting to hear how the killer was armed with some sort of automatic weapon. I just cannot imagine how one man could do this with two handguns, one of them a .22.
I don’t think I could walk into a packed sports arena and manage to shoot 50 people with two handguns. Really. Let alone kill over 30 of them.
Regardless of how crazed and motivated I was, I would just not expect to be able to do that on my own.
It is astoundingly tragic. My thoughts and prayers go out to the dead, the wounded, and their families.
It also borders on the unbelievable. Am I off-base, here? Doesn’t this just seem too absolutely incredible?
UPDATE: Something else I had been waiting for was word that the number of wounded was far higher than initially reported. When I was hearing 20 dead and 40 wounded, and that it was probably a hand gun, I told a co-worker that we were looking at probably 60 wounded. My thinking was that we’d be seeing three wounded for every person killed. (I don’t know what historical numbers are in this sort of situation. Just going with my first thought.) But when the wounded total grew to only 50 or so, I was relieved. After all, the fewer the better.
But after posting this I was talking about it a bit and it occured to me that the death toll had grown to over 30 and the wounded total was staying right around 50. While I’m glad that there weren’t 90 or 100 or more wounded, I’m also wondering what this guy did to be able to kill over 60% of his victims with a 9mm and a .22 handgun.
Execution-style killings? More than 30 of them?
I haven’t been following this terribly closely. In fact, some of what I’m posting has probably been explained or the numbers updated from the initial flurry of chaotic reports. But I’m having trouble understanding how this one guy managed to do this.
UPDATE 2: Looking through the comments, I see someone has already noted the killed:wounded ratio. Seriously, isn’t this number closer to what you’d expect of a sniper with a high-powered rifle picking people off at range? Not with a 9 and a .22.
Maybe a well-trained guy could do this. He obviously thought ahead (chains on the doors, apparently a ton of reloads, etc.). It certainly seems to be beyond the capabilities of some student or regular guy, no matter how pissed he was over something.