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May 21, 1988 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
A young woman wielding three handguns strode into a second-grade classroom in this quiet suburb north of Chicago on Friday and opened fire on the children, leaving an 8-year-old boy dead and five schoolmates wounded, four of them critically. The woman, identified by police as Lori Wasserman Dann, 30, then ran from the Hubbard Woods Elementary School and shot and wounded Philip Andrew, 20, as he tried to disarm her when she entered his family's home, only a few hundred yards away.
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September 17, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Scott Bakula is a theater person first. Or a sports fan first. Or both first -- evident as he extols the virtues of spending a month in Decatur, Ill., with the cast and crew of "The Informant!" during filming. "One of the good things they talk about in sports is that teams bond when they're on the road because you don't have the distractions of home. That's why they take shows on the road before they go to New York; 24/7 you're living that experience. There was nowhere to go, nothing else for us to do except focus on the movie," he says.
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July 8, 1999 | STEVE BERRY and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A central Illinois gun dealer who allegedly sold a white supremacist the two weapons used in a deadly Fourth of July weekend shooting spree was charged Wednesday with selling firearms illegally. Federal officials said 64-year-old Donald R. Fiessinger of Pekin, Ill., sold the two pistols to Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, 21, in late June after a licensed gun dealer refused to sell to him.
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April 16, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The man accused of killing two people and wounding 16 others in a crowded Elgin bar was an ex-con obsessed with guns and the movie "Natural Born Killers," acquaintances and witnesses said. Michael York, who huddled behind the bar during the shooting, said he heard the suspect, Luther "Luke" V. Casteel, 42, shout, "I'm the king--how do you like me now?" Casteel has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and other counts.
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April 6, 1997 | Associated Press
A 7-year-old girl was killed, and a 3-year-old boy was shot in the neck while standing in line at an ice cream truck. Two older victims were less seriously wounded in the Friday shooting in this suburb west of Chicago. Juana Nieto was pronounced dead at a hospital. The boy, Noel Campos, was listed in fair condition after surgery. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the chest, and a 24-year-old man was grazed in the eyelid by a bullet, police said.
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November 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A man used his grandmother as a shield in a shootout with police after forcing her to withdraw money from an ATM at gunpoint, police said. Minnie Johnson, 68, and an officer were wounded. Marcus Henderson, 22, was charged in Chicago with aggravated battery with a firearm, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
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May 25, 1988 | Associated Press
Classes were resumed at Hubbard Woods Elementary School on Tuesday for the first time since Laurie Dann's murderous rampage, and authorities stepped up their efforts to learn how Dann, despite erratic and often threatening behavior, was always one step ahead of the law. Dann stormed into the school Friday and fired on pupils in a second-grade classroom, fatally wounding an 8-year-old boy and injuring five other children.
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June 23, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A teen-age umpire for a boys baseball league in East St. Louis, Ill., went back on the job one day after a coach allegedly fired several shots at him during a game. Police said they were holding Curtis Fair, 31, who fired at 16-year-old umpire Roderick Fisher Jr. after he called a 9-year-old boy on Fair's team out at home plate. Fair ran onto the field and loudly asked Fisher why he was "making all these bad calls," police said.
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April 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman opened fire in an Elgin bar, killing two people, and then was subdued by other customers. At least 21 people were injured. The gunman returned to JB's Pub with several weapons after employees ordered him to leave, police Lt. Mike Turner said. Turner said there were about 200 people in the bar. Most of the injured were shot, but some suffered cuts while fleeing the gunfire. Luther "Luke" V.
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April 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A gunman opened fire in an Elgin bar, killing two people, and then was subdued by other customers. At least 21 people were injured. The gunman returned to JB's Pub with several weapons after employees ordered him to leave, police Lt. Mike Turner said. Turner said there were about 200 people in the bar. Most of the injured were shot, but some suffered cuts while fleeing the gunfire. Luther "Luke" V.
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November 26, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A man used his grandmother as a shield in a shootout with police after forcing her to withdraw money from an ATM at gunpoint, police said. Minnie Johnson, 68, and an officer were wounded. Marcus Henderson, 22, was charged in Chicago with aggravated battery with a firearm, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
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July 9, 1999 | ERIC SLATER and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A week after a member of the World Church of the Creator terrorized two states by randomly gunning down minorities, federal authorities have begun investigating the white supremacist church and its self-proclaimed pontifex maximus, or supreme leader, to determine whether they incited members to violence. Authorities also are trying to determine whether the Rev.
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July 8, 1999 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They didn't come for answers. There were none--none good enough to explain why Ricky Byrdsong was lying in a bronze coffin. They came to the church to mourn a man who, during his 47 years of life, almost literally could not stop smiling. And they came, it seemed, just to make sure the world had not gone nuts. "I just keep thinking, we've got to be better than this," said mourner Susan Finerty. "I keep thinking, this can't be who we are. It just can't be. This is crazy."
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July 8, 1999 | STEVE BERRY and ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A central Illinois gun dealer who allegedly sold a white supremacist the two weapons used in a deadly Fourth of July weekend shooting spree was charged Wednesday with selling firearms illegally. Federal officials said 64-year-old Donald R. Fiessinger of Pekin, Ill., sold the two pistols to Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, 21, in late June after a licensed gun dealer refused to sell to him.
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July 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
Benjamin Nathaniel Smith bought the guns he used in his racist shooting spree from an illegal street dealer after he was turned away by a gun shop that did the required background check, investigators said Tuesday. The background check showed that an ex-girlfriend of Smith's had taken out a protective order against him because of abuse.
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May 23, 1988
Winnetka, Ill., residents held hands at church services and prayed for children "violated by danger, violence and death" in a rampage by a woman who killed a boy, wounded six people and poisoned at least seven others. Meanwhile, investigators awaited results of tests on two vials of powder found in an apartment occupied by Laurie Wasserman Dann, who invaded Hubbard Woods Elementary School in an affluent neighborhood north of Chicago on Friday and opened fire in a second-grade classroom.
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July 6, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A terrible loss, Matthew Hale said. A sad and terrible loss. He was talking about the white man. The white man, Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, shot himself to death Sunday after going on a shooting rampage. He had killed an African American man. And a Korean man too. Among his other victims, he had wounded six Orthodox Jews. But when Hale totaled up the victims, he saw only one: the white man. The others, he explained, didn't count. He sounded exasperated at having to go over this all again.
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July 6, 1999 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A terrible loss, Matthew Hale said. A sad and terrible loss. He was talking about the white man. The white man, Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, shot himself to death Sunday after going on a shooting rampage. He had killed an African American man. And a Korean man too. Among his other victims, he had wounded six Orthodox Jews. But when Hale totaled up the victims, he saw only one: the white man. The others, he explained, didn't count. He sounded exasperated at having to go over this all again.
NEWS
July 6, 1999 | ERIC SLATER and JOHN BECKHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The white supremacist who police believe killed two people and wounded nine during three days of racist mayhem had been preaching hate and colliding with authorities for more than two years before he began his shooting outburst. And although Benjamin Nathaniel Smith's racist beliefs apparently started taking shape when he was in his early teens, the 21-year-old began his public proclamations around the time he became friends in college with the minister of a white supremacist church.
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