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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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January 16, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Indiana police said Thursday that they had not yet determined a motive for the gunman who shot and killed a store employee and shopper at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart before he was killed by officers. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair , "may have had some type of relationship with the victims or the store" but they are still investigating, State Police Sgt. Trent Smith told the Los Angeles Times. Video surveillance shows Bair entering the store about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, wandering the aisles and peering at his cellphone before opening fire about 10:05 p.m., Smith said.
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December 23, 1990 | From United Press International
A task force met Saturday to examine evidence in its investigation of a string of shotgun slayings that has left seven people dead over as many weeks and terrified northwest Indiana residents. Portage police Sgt. Warren Lewis said Friday the list of suspects has been narrowed to "several people," but that none had been picked up for questioning. Law officers say they believe one man is responsible for the attacks.
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December 7, 2001 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee who had gotten into an angry dispute Thursday at a milling factory here returned with a gun, shot a co-worker to death and wounded six others before turning the weapon on himself, authorities said. A dozen nearby plants were evacuated during the gunfire, and students at a grade school and a small college were told to stay inside. Emergency workers were asked to prepare for more than 30 casualties.
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April 9, 1996 | From Associated Press
The racist acquitted 14 years ago in a sniper attack on Vernon E. Jordan Jr. says he did indeed commit the crime, and he has detailed for the first time how he ambushed the civil rights leader in the dark. Joseph Paul Franklin, 45, already is serving six life sentences plus 31 years for murder. He is in jail in St. Louis, awaiting trial in yet another slaying. In a jailhouse interview with the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News, Franklin said he went to Ft. Wayne, Ind.
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May 1, 1998 | Associated Press
A man apparently upset that his loan application had been denied opened fire on four KeyBank employees Thursday, killing Penny Schmidt, 32, and injuring three of her co-workers, one critically. The man, identified by police as Antione Whitehead, 19, left with an undisclosed amount of cash. But "it almost appeared the money was an afterthought," said Hamilton County prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp. Whitehead, crouched in a treetop, fatally shot himself later as police closed in.
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March 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
A 16-year-old high school student waiting for school to open was shot to death by a former student Friday in the latest act of violence in and around U.S. schools, authorities said. Police said the victim, Neal Boyd IV, an average-to-above-average student at Lew Wallace High School with no disciplinary problems, was targeted by 17-year-old suspect Donald Burt Jr., who pulled out a gun and shot him in the head as other students stood by in a parking lot.
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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 5, 1999 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After apparently killing two people and wounding seven others in an outburst of racist violence over the Fourth of July weekend, a 21-year-old man with ties to a white supremacist church fatally shot himself late Sunday while fleeing police in a stolen van. Benjamin Nathaniel Smith of Northfield, Ill., who one year ago to the day railed against minorities in an article in his college newspaper, crashed on a back road after shooting himself in the head in rural Southern Illinois.
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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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March 31, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
A 16-year-old high school student waiting for school to open was shot to death by a former student Friday in the latest act of violence in and around U.S. schools, authorities said. Police said the victim, Neal Boyd IV, an average-to-above-average student at Lew Wallace High School with no disciplinary problems, was targeted by 17-year-old suspect Donald Burt Jr., who pulled out a gun and shot him in the head as other students stood by in a parking lot.
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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."
NEWS
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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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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July 5, 1999 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After apparently killing two people and wounding seven others in an outburst of racist violence over the Fourth of July weekend, a 21-year-old man with ties to a white supremacist church fatally shot himself late Sunday while fleeing police in a stolen van. Benjamin Nathaniel Smith of Northfield, Ill., who one year ago to the day railed against minorities in an article in his college newspaper, crashed on a back road after shooting himself in the head in rural Southern Illinois.
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December 7, 2001 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An employee who had gotten into an angry dispute Thursday at a milling factory here returned with a gun, shot a co-worker to death and wounded six others before turning the weapon on himself, authorities said. A dozen nearby plants were evacuated during the gunfire, and students at a grade school and a small college were told to stay inside. Emergency workers were asked to prepare for more than 30 casualties.
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January 10, 1987 | Associated Press
A 75-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the shooting death of a teen-age newspaper carrier. Marion Superior Court Judge Thomas E. Alsip said Thursday he was sensitive to the problems of the elderly but did not believe Nokomis Toombs deserved a lighter sentence because of his age. A shotgun blast from Toombs' home killed Scott P. Lawson, 16, as he placed a copy of the Indianapolis Star inside a breezeway door on Sept. 25.
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May 1, 1998 | Associated Press
A man apparently upset that his loan application had been denied opened fire on four KeyBank employees Thursday, killing Penny Schmidt, 32, and injuring three of her co-workers, one critically. The man, identified by police as Antione Whitehead, 19, left with an undisclosed amount of cash. But "it almost appeared the money was an afterthought," said Hamilton County prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp. Whitehead, crouched in a treetop, fatally shot himself later as police closed in.
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April 9, 1996 | From Associated Press
The racist acquitted 14 years ago in a sniper attack on Vernon E. Jordan Jr. says he did indeed commit the crime, and he has detailed for the first time how he ambushed the civil rights leader in the dark. Joseph Paul Franklin, 45, already is serving six life sentences plus 31 years for murder. He is in jail in St. Louis, awaiting trial in yet another slaying. In a jailhouse interview with the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News, Franklin said he went to Ft. Wayne, Ind.
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